Big Money Already Blowing in City Races

Angel Martinez and Gregg Hart Lead Their Packs

Brandon Yadegari

The first campaign finance reports for the City of Santa Barbara council race came in loud, gaudy, fast, and loaded. In the five-way race for mayor, political newcomer Angel Martinez, former CEO of Deckers, reported the most at $107,775, nearly half of which ​— ​$50,000 ​— ​he gave himself. Two-term councilmember candidate Cathy Murillo, favorite of the Democratic Central Committee, raised $91,000 this year and $21,840 in 2016 after she announced. Two-term councilmember Frank Hotchkiss, the only card-carrying Republican in the race and an avowed conservative at that, raised $46,000. Hal Conklin, who served four terms on council and a year as mayor 25 years ago, raised $28,000, of which $20,000 he loaned himself. Councilmember Bendy White, now completing his second term, just jumped in and has raised nothing but the $7,200 left over from his last City Council race.

Of the council candidates, incumbent Gregg Hart, running for the downtown district, has raised the most, $111,000. He’s running against Jack Ucciferri, who to date has reported nothing. James Scafide, an attorney backed by the Democratic Central Committee and onetime mayor in eastern Ohio, raised $25,000 in his bid for District Four, representing the Riviera. He’s running against Republican Planning Commissioner Jay Higgins, who has raised $20,000, and against Kristen Sneddon, who teaches geology at Santa Barbara Community College ​— ​and is the daughter-in-law of former district attorney Tom Sneddon. Running for the San Roque district is Eric Friedman, who raised $52,000, and Warner McGrew, former City of Santa Barbara fire chief, who raised $12,000.

Editor’s Note: This story was changed to add Cathy Murillo’s 2016 finance information.


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