vol. 22, no. 143, Oct. 9-16, 2008

ON THE COVER: If you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of this year’s exciting and historic election. In this issue, The Independent focuses on the 35th Assembly District faceoff, Santa Barbara’s Measure A and judge candidates, and the key race between Tony Strickland and Hannah-Beth Jackson for the 19th State Senate District seat. We’ve also included The Indy‘s endorsements of candidates and propositions. Cover photos by Paul Wellman.

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