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Santa Barbara's usually energized election cycle was rather slow this year-save, of course, for the surprise City Council victory in November of challenger and political newbie Dale Francisco.

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Dale Francisco

Published on December 19, 2007

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Brian Barnwell

Published on December 19, 2007

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Das Williams

Published on December 19, 2007

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Helene Schneider

Published on December 19, 2007

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As for county politics, everyone seems to be getting ready for the 3rd District Supervisor race in 2008. But that didn't stop sitting 3rd District Supervisor Brooks Firestone from battling 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf in a friendly Isla Vista bicycle race.

Published on December 19, 2007

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All eyes are on the presidential campaign, and Santa Barbara proved a financially fruitful stop for both Democratic hopeful Barack Obama (pictured at a City College rally, before he scooped up bundles of dough at Oprah Winfrey's Montecito bash)

Published on December 19, 2007

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Republican frontrunner Rudy Giuliani (pictured on State Street), came through town twice.

Published on December 19, 2007

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