Santa Barbara supervisor enters congressional race

April 10, 2015
Salud Carbajal

Salud Carbajal

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.


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18 Comments

  1. Citizen says:

    Here is Mr. Carbajal’s self written biography http://www.smartvoter.org/2008/06/03/ca/sba/vote/carbajal_s/bio.html. He would be characterized by the term “community organizer” and has the knack of incorporating state programs such as “Safe Routes to School” into his bio as if they were his own programs.

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    • bobfromsanluis says:

      So I went ahead and clicked on your link and read Mr. Carbajal’s biography and his philosophy; yes, he supports “Safe Routes to School”, but I saw nowhere where he claims he invented the program.

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  2. Targo says:

    Maybe Chris Mitchum will come back and run. He nearly beat Lois the last time if she hadn’t bombarded the airwaves with her dishonest campaign ads. We definitely don’t need another Capps!

    (6) 10 Total Votes - 8 up - 2 down
  3. womanwhohasbeenthere says:

    This guy is an absolute disaster. If you want Lois Capps 2.0 vote for him.

    (12) 24 Total Votes - 18 up - 6 down
    • Slowerfaster says:

      Excellent reverse barometer endorsement. THANKS !

      (-2) 14 Total Votes - 6 up - 8 down
    • bobfromsanluis says:

      Um, yeah, having a Marine Corp Veteran will be just like having a former school nurse ….

      (2) 2 Total Votes - 2 up - 0 down
  4. kayaknut says:

    “Ostrander is an advocate of campaign finance reform” so what has he lead the push for and gotten passed that truly does this in his current position?

    (8) 16 Total Votes - 12 up - 4 down
    • hijinks says:

      His “current position” is a farmer. Get it?

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      • kayaknut says:

        Perhaps you missed the first line of the story, “Democratic Santa Barbara County Supervisor “, In case you still don’t understand, he is a county supervisor…..

        Still the question what has he done as a supervisor to reform campaign finance? My make statements to garner votes and then don’t follow through. This person has had a chance to actually do something and the question is has he????

        (-1) 7 Total Votes - 3 up - 4 down
      • kayaknut says:

        Perhaps you missed the first line of the story, “Democratic Santa Barbara County Supervisor “, In case you still don’t understand, he is a county supervisor…..

        Still the question what has he done as a supervisor to reform campaign finance? My make statements to garner votes and then don’t follow through. This person has had a chance to actually do something and the question is has he????

        (-2) 4 Total Votes - 1 up - 3 down
        • bobfromsanluis says:

          Um, perhaps you should read and comprehend the entire article?
          ” Democratic Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal announced Thursday that he will enter the race to replace retiring Congresswoman Lois Capps.”- That is the first paragraph; five paragraphs down, there is this: “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.”

          Those are two, separate paragraphs because they are not, in any way, related to each other. You seem to have confused the Supervisor with the farmer as to who is pushing for campaign finance reform. Read the entire article again, please.

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  5. SloTownMan says:

    Katcho be true to yourself and the public, run as a democrat.

    (5) 23 Total Votes - 14 up - 9 down
    • Mitch C says:

      Lay no is a do-nothing as a legislator, no accomplishments, a total toady.

      (-2) 6 Total Votes - 2 up - 4 down
      • Mitch C says:

        Should be Achadjian not “Lay”.

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        • Citizen says:

          Your statement would be correct if you substituted “Bill Monning” for “Achadjian”. Monning’s claim to fame is the tax on sugary drinks that he’s trying to pass while the state goes dry and encourages more immigrants to move here.

          (3) 11 Total Votes - 7 up - 4 down
  6. Slowerfaster says:

    Sounds like a good person. Anxious to hear more.

    (-12) 26 Total Votes - 7 up - 19 down
    • JMO says:

      Slower, you are so predictable. I have been to the Santa Barbara County BOS meetings on Measure M. This guy’s a flaming liberal.

      (7) 13 Total Votes - 10 up - 3 down
      • Slowerfaster says:

        That’d be great. The Congress could use more Paul Wellstone’s, Elizabeth Warren’s, Sherrod Brown’s, et al. We need more real liberal’s, but I’ll settle for an anti-fascist.
        I’ll have to check out Mr, Carbajal’s policies further.

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