Two more contenders entered the race to replace District Attorney Tom Sneddon, retiring in June after 24 years. Doug Hayes and Gary Dunlap filed at the deadline to face Christie Stanley, Sneddon’s assistant DA in the North County. Dunlap, a flamboyant Solvang businessman and attorney, was acquitted in 2002 of multiple felony charges including perjury and witness intimidation brought against him by Sneddon’s office; he currently has a federal lawsuit pending against Sneddon and Stanley for malicious prosecution. Hayes is a former deputy DA and defense attorney from Santa Barbara with more than 30 years experience.

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