Santa Barbara supervisor enters congressional race
April 10, 2015
Democratic Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal announced Thursday that he will enter the race to replace retiring Congresswoman Lois Capps.
Capps announced Wednesday that she will retire when her current term expires at the end of 2016. Later Wednesday, former Republican candidate for the seat, Justin Fareed, and Democratic Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider both announced their intent to run.
Carbajal, a Marine Corp veteran, has served on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors since 2005. His campaign issued a press release that praises Lois Capps and describes Carbajal as a protector of the environment.
“A leader in protecting our open spaces, he’s stood up against developments on the Gaviota Coast that threatened preservation efforts and has opposed new offshore oil development along our coastline,” the new release states.
Prior to Capps’ retirement announcement, San Luis Obispo farmer Bill Ostrander, also a Democrat, said he would run for the seat. Ostrander is an advocate of campaign finance reform.
Republican Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian may join the race, as could Capps’ daughter, Laura Capps. The 42-year-old Capps and her husband recently settled fulltime in Santa Barbara, giving the younger Capps the residency required to run for her mother’s seat.
It is likely that other possible candidates will join the race as well.
The 24th Congressional District consists of all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties and part of Ventura County. Voter registration is close to an even split between Democrats and Republicans.
The primary election for the congressional race will occur in June 2016.