City clerk Gwen Pierce explains the ballot counting process.

Paul Wellman

City clerk Gwen Pierce explains the ballot counting process.

2015 Santa Barbara City Council Election

Current Leaders: Jason Dominguez for District 1, Randy Rowse for District 2, Cathy Murillo for District 3

The first round of results are in for the 2015 City of Santa Barbara General Election, and here they are:

District 1 — The Eastside

Jason Dominguez: 836

Andria Martinez Cohen: 343

Jacqueline Inda: 255

Cruzito Herrera Cruz: 74

Michael Merenda: 24

Registered voters: 5,345

Turnout: 1,566; 29.30%

District 2 — The Mesa

Randy Rowse: 1,728

Luis Esparza: 343

K. Missy McSweeney-Zeitsoff: 309

Registered voters: 9,131

Turnout: 2,505; 27.43%

Cathy Murillo (foreground) sits with Andria Martinez Cohen
Click to enlarge photo

Paul Wellman

Cathy Murillo (foreground) sits with Andria Martinez Cohen

District 3 — The Westside

Cathy Murillo: 677

Sharon Byrne: 342

Cristina Cardoso: 91

Registered voters: 4,223

Turnout: 1,127; 26.69%

City officials announced that approximately 800 more ballots will be tallied tonight, with an additional 200 or so later in the week.

This election marks the first City Council contest since district elections went into effect earlier this year, after a lawsuit alleged traditional at-large elections exclude minority voters. It’s the first time in 47 years voters are electing their candidates according to geographic districts.

The all-mail election has a turnout so far of 27.8 percent, with 5,198 out of 18,699 registered voters casting their ballots.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Goleta Swears in New City Leadership

New mayor and new councilmembers step onto the dais.

SBCC Scrapping Remedial Class Requirement

A new state law is designed to boost graduation and transfer rates.

Pot Dispensary Hit with Stop Work Order

City claims construction was done without proper permits.

Santa Barbara Priests Named in New Abuse Reports

Twelve men accused of child molestation served in area parishes.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Far Higher than Projected

The county misses its target by a whopping 29 percentage points.