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.