WEATHER »
Epstein files her candidacy papers

Kelsey Brugger

Epstein files her candidacy papers


Susan Epstein Launches Campaign to Become Santa Barbara County Supervisor


On the second day of the New Year, Susan Epstein, a 13-year member of the Goleta Union School District’s Board of Trustees, launched her campaign to run for Second District Supervisor of Santa Barbara County. Surrounded by about 20 supporters at the county elections office, where she filed papers to run, Epstein expressed enthusiasm and confidence. “My plan is to win in June,” she said. Should a supervisorial candidate win more than 50 percent of the vote in the Primary Election, he or she wins the seat. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters will face off in the November Election.

Epstein, a Democrat, kicks off the race for the Second District, which spans the Goleta Valley and includes parts of the City of Santa Barbara. While others are rumored to contest her ― namely Santa Barbara City Councilmember Gregg Hart, who will be sworn in next week ― Epstein is currently unopposed. The filing deadline is March 14.

Epstein said she is running because she is “very concerned about the challenges the county faces,” including creating fiscal stability, preserving coastlines, preparing for natural disasters, like drought and wildfires. “People have been asking me to run for several years,” she said, adding her record of bringing locally sourced meals to Goleta schools and fixing infrastructure bodes well for her candidacy. The Goleta district has not gone to taxpayers to ask for a bond in a decade, she added.

Goleta School Boardmember Susan Epstein at De la Guerra Plaza for a rally on International Women's Day
Click to enlarge photo

Paul Wellman

Goleta School Boardmember Susan Epstein at De la Guerra Plaza for a rally on International Women’s Day

Asked about her thoughts on the county’s in-progress cannabis ordinance, Epstein expressed support of the current county supervisors’ actions. She said they are taking a “cautious approach” by working to set a tax rate that is high enough to pay for enforcement but not too high to drive sales into the black market.

Democrats have a 23 percent advantage in the Second District. Home to 51,000 residents, the district has a roughly 50 percent voter turnout rate, about five percent higher than Santa Barbara County’s as a whole.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



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:

Jack Hawxhurst Dies

Led Goleta to cityhood and served as mayor and on council.

City Outlines New Homeless Plan After Scrapping ‘Tiny Home’ Idea

Two million dollars in state funds will now go to Cottage, police, and a street outreach team.

The Migrant Caravan and Central American History

Understanding the migrant caravan requires an awareness of Central America's recent history, social scientists say.

Procore Technology Valued at $3 Billion

New financing boost of $75 million ups construction software company.

Rescue Mission Plans Annual Feast and Giveaway

December 20 event celebrates the holidays and provides warm clothing.