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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, April 26, 2012

SBWPC Releases Endorsements

At its Endorsement Meeting on April 11, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee voted to endorse Joyce Howerton for the 4th Supervisorial District of Santa Barbara County, Yes on Measures W and X and No on Measure Y.


The endorsement recommendations and votes were preceded by a presentation and complete reports by the SBWPC Candidate Assessment Teams (CATs). The CAT which interviewed Joyce Howerton noted that she possesses a lengthy record of public and community service spanning several decades. She served as a SEIU Union representative, protested war and anti-nuclear weapons as an activist and has served as a Board member for a number of organizations including BOCH, served as Mayor of Lompoc for more than 2 terms, and was a founding Board member of North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center as well as Domestic Violence Solutions.

The CAT which researched No on Measure Y noted that the proposal has significant environmental impacts and that the gift of public parkland to private development is not prudent or beneficial to anyone. The CAT that researched the Measures W and X noted that this is a “Living Endorsement” meaning that SBWPC’s the Legislation and Advocacy Committee will advocate for the funds to be used in Title 1 schools, but noted the funds are strongly correlated with SBWPC’s position paper on education and will be used well.

Now in its 24th year, The Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, is dedicated to furthering gender equality and other feminist values through political and social action, and educational activities. As a political action committee, we endorse women and men candidates who actively support our goals and promote a feminist agenda. We are also committed to taking social action against discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability.

For more information go to www.sbwpc.org

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