Of Santa Barbara County’s five districts, the third is the largest and most diverse in terms of population and geography. It spans from Guadalupe, to the Gaviota Coast, to Goleta. It extends from parts of Santa Maria, south through Los Alamos, all the way to Isla Vista and UCSB. It stretches east from Vandenberg Village and parts of Lompoc, through the Santa Ynez Valley, to the Los Padres Mountains.
The third district supports many different economic sectors, including agriculture, tourism and recreation, education, and high tech. It is home to a broad diversity of people.
The district includes several government jurisdictions: the federal government (Vandenberg Air Force Base and national forests); state government (UCSB and state parks); the Chumash Tribe; as well as the incorporated cities and the unincorporated county lands.
Representing such an expansive and complex district requires someone who is willing to listen carefully, work hard, and do their homework. Our district must have a supervisor who understands the importance of creating partnerships and finding common ground among all these varied interests. Experience helps and I have it.