Santa Barbara Police Detective Roger Aceves announced he’ll be competing for one of several seats up for grabs in this fall’s Goleta City Council race. Aceves – who has lived in Goleta for 24 years – ran for sheriff four years ago, coming in third out of a field of four. He has also served as El Presidente of Old Spanish Days. In announcing his candidacy, Aceves sought to distance himself from the anti-growth/slow-growth polarity consuming the Goleta Valley, insisting there were other important issues. Still, Aceves championed a cautious middle ground, supporting neighborhood preservation and the creation of mixed-use, affordable workforce housing in Old Town. Aceves joins two other challengers – Santa Barbara Airbus CEO Eric Onnen and retired firefighter Michael Bennett. To succeed, they will have to unseat the staunchly slow-growth incumbents Jack Hawxhurst and Cynthia Brock, as well as moderate Margaret Connell.

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