City Clerk Gwen Peirce said he submitted the 100 required qualified signatures and ballot statement to City Hall.
Hotchkiss, who is seeking his second four-year term, also filed a financial statement with the state reporting more than $35,000.00 in campaign funds collected prior to July 1. Sources said his war chest is now approaching $40,000.
“We are off to a good start, and now must run a hard race against a number of challengers. I look forward to it,” Hotchkiss said.
“The next few months, I will be talking with voters about what we’ve done so far and where we should go as a city. I want to share my vision for Santa Barbara with them, and to hear their suggestions,” Hotchkiss said.
He touted reducing the city budget and paring down city personnel by 81, boosting the local economy with increased cruise ship visits, and improving the waterfront by removing RVs from Cabrillo Blvd. among important accomplishments.
A copy of Frank Hotchkiss’s ballot statement is attached to this release.
CAMPAIGN STATEMENT 2013 FOR FRANK HOTCHKISS
In Santa Barbara, government should work to preserve those aspects of our city that make it unique and beautiful. We should also encourage economic success for businesses large and small so that everyone can flourish. As your Councilmember, I have done just that in my first term.
We balanced the budget and produced a surplus, growing reserves for the first time in years.
We increased the number of police on the street by four.
We removed RVs from Cabrillo Blvd.
We banned parking meters and reduced the number of proposed curb extensions.
We fostered economic development by nearly $6 Million – boosting cruise ship visits from 2-3 a year to 22 this year.
Looking to the future, we can build on these successes and continue to improve Santa Barbara.
Let’s keep the budget balanced while building reserves, protecting vital public services, and not raise taxes on Santa Barbara families.
Let’s continue to bolster public safety to keep our neighborhoods safe.
Let’s continue to preserve our quality of life, keeping high-density and traffic congestion to a minimum.
And let’s put gang members and transients on a path to recovery.
Please join me!