Come Meet The Next
2nd District County Supervisor!
Salud Carbajal: US House of Representatives
Monique Limon: CA State Assembly-District 37
Bill Ostrander: CA State Assembly-District 35
Gregg Hart: 2nd District County Supervisor
Eddie Hsueh: Santa Barbara County Sheriff
Besty Schaffer: Santa Barbara County Auditor-Controller
Oscar Gutierrez: Santa Barbara City Council-District 3
Measure R: YES
Measure S: YES
Measure T: YES
For a full list of California Democratic Party endorsements, visit www.sbdems.org/endorsements
On May 3, the DCC will interview candidates for Goleta Mayor, and on June 7 for the Santa Barbara Unified School Board District. We encourage all declared and potential candidates who are both registered Democrats and interested in seeking the Democratic endorsement, to contact our Endorsements Chair, Joe Pierre at email@example.com. For more information go to sbdems.org.
With the June 5th election just weeks away, we are busy speaking with voters about our endorsed Democratic candidates and we need your help.
Here is our Phonebank and Canvass schedule:
Phonebanks and Canvass operations are held at Democratic Party Headquarters: 1025 Castillo St. Santa Barbara, CA.
We hope to see you soon!
Gail Teton-Landis, Chair, Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County
It was an impressive sized crowd at De la Guerra Plaza and a great trail of vocal citizens of all ages marching in the middle of State St. -C Clouse
The speakers were FANTASTIC and the turn out was terrific. Let’s hope the Republicans hear our voices and change the laws. – M Shapiro
All photos by C Crouse and M Shapiro
And a video from the Washington, DC march.
Help stop gun violence.
Other ideas for posters:
DON’T FIRE GUNS
FIRE THE NRA
We deplore the NRA, and we vote
Human rights > gun rights
NRA = Terrorists
Protect Kids Not Guns
To Stop a Bad Man with a Gun
Good guys with guns don’t object to gun regulations because they accept responsibility for their hobby
Though most statewide offices went without endorsement at the recent Democratic party convention in San Diego, a few candidates did achieve the 60% threshold: Secretary of State Alex Padilla who is running for re-election, State Senator Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee for State Controller, Fiona Ma for State Treasurer, and Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Santa Barbara County
Recently re-elected city council member Gregg Hart has won the county party’s endorsement in his bid to be 2nd District Supervisor. Hart has previously served on the California Coastal Commission, SB Planning Commission, and three previous terms on the City Council, starting in 1995 and again in 2013, and currently represents District 6 on the council.
What had appeared to be a two-person, two-Democrat race changed radically this week when Hart’s opponent, Goleta School Board member Susan Epstein, decided to drop out of the race for personal reasons. March 14 is the filing deadline.
Betsy Schaffer has earned endorsement for the office of Santa Barbara County Auditor/Controller. A Certified Public Accountant since 1995, Schaffer’s résumé features 15 years direct experience with the Auditor-Controller’s office, and she is currently the Assistant Auditor-Controller.
City of Santa Barbara Special Election
For the special election to fill the District 3 Santa Barbara City Council seat left vacant by Mayor Cathy Murillo, county Democrats have endorsed Oscar Gutierrez. A product of the Westside schools and community that he seeks to represent, Gutierrez studied broadcast journalism at SBCC and graduated from UCSB in Film and Media Studies. Since 2001 he has worked for LifeChronicles, a local non-profit, and volunteered locally as a broadcaster and Spanish language translator. The special election will coincide with the June 5 Primary.
Also endorsed at the March 1 DCC meeting were Ethan Bertrand for a second term on the Isla Vista Community Services District (he is currently president of that board) and Luz Reyes-Martin for a second term on the Goleta School Board. In 2017, Reyes-Martin was elected to represent Santa Barbara County on the California Schools Board Association.
Resolutions Approved This Year
The DCC so far this year has passed resolutions in favor of the following:
HR 3671 (Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act) to move the United States toward 100% renewable energy sources.
California Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act, which is in process of qualifying for the Nov. 2018 ballot, to establish pricing and other regulation of kidney dialysis clinics in the state.
“March For Our Lives” to be held March 24, 2018, urging the President and Congress to take action on gun legislation.
County Measure T2019 (Cannabis Operations General Tax)– imposing a tax on cannabis operators within unincorporated areas of the County upon gross receipts with rates of 1% on nurseries and distributors, 3% on manufacturers, 4% on cultivators, and 6% on retailers.
The main event was the battle for the party endorsements, which require a 60% level of support among the delegates. Given open seats and the context of issues like single-payer health care, there were few endorsed candidates to emerge—not even for the U.S. Senate seat held for four terms by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is being challenged by State Sen. Kevin De León.