After directing the North County District Attorney’s office for the past 15 years, Christie Stanley announced that she’s running for the post of top prosecutor in Santa Barbara County; her boss Tom Sneddon is retiring after a 24-year reign. For a while it appeared that Stanley – who enjoys strong support from her colleagues – might run unopposed. In recent weeks, however, two defense attorneys – Doug Hayes and Gary Dunlop – have taken out nomination papers and paid the filing fees to run for office.

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