With three seats up for grab on the five-member Santa Barbara School Board, the lone incumbent candidate, Annette Cordero, was the top vote earner with 25% of the vote. Second place went Santa Barbara City College professor and prominent Dos Pueblos swimming pool advocate Susan Deacon. The third and final seat was won by Santa Barbara real estate magnate Ed Heron, with 16.75% of the vote, narrowly beating out Charlotte Ware by less than 250 votes. Jacqueline Inda received just shy of 8% of the vote. School Board hopeful Kate Smith, who was disqualified from the race two weeks ago by the Santa Barbara County Elections Office for living outside of District boundaries, received nearly 14,000 votes.
In other Santa Barbara School District election news, both Measures H and I -- $27 and $21 parcel taxes respectively earmarked specifically for math, science and music programs -- passed resoundingly with over 70% of the popular vote.