For the first time in years, the 3rd District has good candidates for supervisor. However, for a number of reasons, Joan Hartmann stands out above the rest:
Work Ethic: Joan has proven by her past community involvement that she will spend the time and effort necessary to study the issues, meet with her constituents, and look at all sides of issues in order to make informed, common-sense decisions.
Balanced Approach: Joan is the perfect candidate in a time when many civic leaders are polarized or always vote “the party line.” Joan will do the research and vote for what is best for the 3rd District and all of Santa Barbara County. She will carefully analyze facts and make informed, common sense decisions on issues such as growth, the environment, administrative costs, services to citizens, and the roles agriculture, oil, tourism, and commerce play in the quality of life and economic vitality of the county.
Experience: Joan has the experience to both lead the county through the maze of state and federal regulations and bureaucracy as well as obtain the maximum financial support from each. As a former county planning commissioner, she knows the history and issues of 3rd District and the county as a whole. It will take any other candidate months, if not years to get this insight and education.
In summary, Joan Hartmann is an excellent choice for the 3rd District. Her dedication, intelligence, personality, and balanced approach to issues will serve us well.
Judith Dale is the former mayor and city councilmember for Buellton.