35th Assembly District

35th Assembly District

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24th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

Representative Salud Carbajal, a veteran, was born in Mexico and emigrated as a child with his family to Arizona and later Oxnard, CA. After high school, Carbajal attended the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and went on to obtain his Master's Degree in Organizational Management from the Fielding University. Carbajal spent eight years in the United States Marine Corps, including active duty during the 1991 Gulf War.

Carbajal was elected to the 24th District in 2017 after serving on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors for 12 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection on a platform that promotes a robust Central Coast through investments in infrastructure and housing, renewable energy and environmental protections, and workforce development.

Salud serves on the House Committee on Armed Services, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he was elected to serve as the Vice Chair. As part of his commitment to renewable energy, Salud’s first act in Congress was to introduce the California Clean Coast Act, which would ban future offshore oil and gas drilling on California’s coast. He also secured $1 million for the Santa Barbara Veterans Treatment Courts and has introduced legislation to combat veteran homelessness.

Representative Carbajal is being challenged by Andy Caldwell (R), a conservative radio host, and Kenneth Young (NPP). Based on our analysis, Rep. Salud Carbajal has consistently demonstrated a commitment to progressive issues, from protecting the environment to ensuring DACA protections remain in place.

According to our analysis, Rep. Carbajal is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in this district.

Last updated: 2020-02-05

State Assembly, 35th District

Member of the State Assembly

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Dawn Addis was raised by a single mom in Mill Valley and obtained her Masters in Special Education at San Francisco State before moving to Morro Bay with her husband and son in 2001. She has made education, fighting injustice, and supporting working families a cornerstone of her platform. She also helped co-found the Women’s March in San Luis Obispo.

Addis was elected to the Morro Bay City Council in 2018. She ran on a platform focused on housing and infrastructure improvements, and protecting the California Coastline. She spent many years as a special education teacher, including as an English Learner Intervention Specialist for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. She also co-founded the Women’s March SLO in 2016-2017.

Addis has been vocal about supporting gun violence prevention legislation -- including universal background check, as well as improving infrastructure, improving the housing crisis, and funding education. She has highlighted the importance of diversity in elections and across the board.

Addis is running against incumbent Jordan Cunningham (R). According to recent election results, this can be a tough race for Democrats. Republicans have won by significant majorities since 2012, but Democrats held the seat from 1998-2010. Addis has been securing endorsements from local, statewide and national organizations. She is the clear progressive choice in this race.

Last updated: 2020-02-21

State Senator, 19th District

Member of the State Senate

Monique Limón is a lifelong resident of Santa Barbara. According to campaign materials, she is running for State Senate because she understands the values of the region and will use her public service experience to advocate for environmental protection, educational reforms, and improved healthcare access.

Limón is a member of the California State Assembly, where she uses her understanding of her community to establish meaningful legislation to positively impact educational outcomes and environmental protections. She acted as the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Natural Disaster Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding, and worked to improve emergency communication and fire prevention. Prior to serving in the Assembly, Limón served two terms on the Santa Barbara Unified School Board, and acted as the Assistant Director for the McNair Scholars program at UCSB.

Limón is running for this open seat against Gary J. Michaels (R), and Anastasia Stone (NPP). In 2019 she scored a 90 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of a legislator's progressive voting records. According to recent election results, Democrats can win this seat but it's often a close race. Limón is the most progressive choice because of her track record of championing education reform, working toward stronger environmental protections, and pushing for improved emergency responses.

According to our analysis, Monique Limón is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.

Last updated: 2020-02-21

Board of Supervisor Races

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below county races on your ballot.

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors

Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors, District 1

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Supervisor Das Williams grew up in both Ojai and Isla Vista and has lived in Santa Barbara for the last 20 years. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2017. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to prioritize the prevention of gun violence, make Santa Barbara County carbon-free, and build a strong local economy.

On the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Williams has worked to develop clean energy, protect vital public services and protect the environment. During his time on the city council, Supervisor Williams has held strong against intense pressure from the oil industry to successfully preserve Santa Barbara’s vital natural resources. He has also prioritized strong financial management to weather any future economic climate while maintaining county services. Prior to serving as Supervisor, Williams was a teacher and Santa Barbara City Councilmember before serving in the State Assembly, where he worked to make higher education more affordable and reduce California’s reliance on fossil fuels. Supervisor Williams’s re-election campaign has the official support of three of his fellow board members. 

Supervisor Williams is being challenged by Laura Capps, a fellow Democrat. Williams is the strongest progressive choice because of his strong track record on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and his progressive accomplishments throughout his career in public service. 

According to our analysis, Supervisor Williams is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.

Last updated: 2020-02-21

Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors, District 3

Supervisor Joan Hartmann has lived in Santa Barbara for over 20 years. She is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2017. According to campaign materials, she is running for re-election to maintain the quality of life and scenic beauty of Santa Barbara County for future generations.

On the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors, she has helped enhance disaster response, fought for the expansion of mental health facilities and clean energy programs, and advanced government transparency and accountability. Prior to her election, she served as a Special Advocate in the foster care system, as a professor at Oberlin College, Claremont College and USC, and helped restore coastal rivers and wetlands with the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project.

Supervisor Hartmann is being challenged by Karen Jones, Jessica Alvarez Parfrey, and Bruce Williams. Hartmann is the best progressive choice due to her environmental vision for Santa Barbara County and her track record of people-first policy in regard to public safety, health care, and energy.

According to our analysis, Hartmann is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.

Last updated: 2020-02-21

Statewide Ballot Measures

Proposition 13

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This proposition would provide $9 billion for desperately needed renovations to public preschools and grade schools throughout the state, and $6 billion for construction to community colleges, the Cal State system, and the UC system. This will allow the state of California to use tax revenue to pay for improvements that local communities cannot afford. 

The funding would come from bonds the state would pay back over 35 years, totaling an estimated $26 billion, which includes $15 billion in principal and $11 billion in interest. This investment is well worth the costs. It takes money, after all, to ensure that students -- especially those in districts that can’t afford major capital improvement projects -- do not have to learn in dangerous environments. 

The vast majority of Democrats in the state legislature support it, as does Gov. Newsom, and the only major opposition is a group called the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. This is the group famous for destroying California’s school funding system in 1978 through another proposition, ironically one that was also dubbed Prop 13. The group spends most of its time lobbying to reduce tax rates. It has never shown any interest in supporting California’s children, at least if that means wealthy individuals or giant corporations would pay their fair share in taxes. Without question, 2020’s Prop 13 is worth the investment since it means children will soon be able to attend school in buildings that are retrofitted to withstand earthquakes and no longer have lead in their water. 

We strongly recommend a YES vote on Prop 13.

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