Finally, the campaigning is over.
The barbs tossed across political lines — even within the parties — should be a thing of the past.
Today, Santa Barbara County gets answers — via your vote.
And there are a handful of key races to choose from, with some making more headlines than others.
Here is a quick recap of who is on the ballot and where you can go to make sure your voice is heard:
First District Supervisor
This race has been the most contentious, with incumbent Das Williams taking on fellow Democrat Laura Capps. Ms. Capps has been critical of Mr. Williams, questioning his ties to the cannabis industry, as well as campaigning on ethics reform. Meanwhile, Mr. Williams has steadfastly defended his success as a supervisor, calling on civility to reign throughout the campaign.
Third District Supervisor
First-time incumbent Joan Hartmann is battling return candidates Karen Jones and Bruce Porter as they challenge her seat as Supervisor for Isla Vista, Goleta, Buelton, and much of the Santa Ynez Valley. Ms. Hartmann and Ms. Jones have both indicated that public safety is cornerstone to their campaigns, while Mr. Porter believes accessibility to the winning candidate is critical.
24th District U.S. Representative
This race pits incumbent Salud Carbajal and challenger Andy Caldwell, a longtime North County businessman. Mr. Carbajal has pointed to the fact that 52% of his proposed bills in Congress have been bipartisan; meanwhile Mr. Caldwell has been quick to counter that he has spent half of his life in both the Democratic and Republican parties, making him a bipartisan candidate. While the other races featured live debates, these two candidates did not face off.
37th District California Assembly
Six Democrats are on the ballot, all looking to replace Monique Limon, who will run for state senate in November.Plenty of familiar names have entered this race: Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo and former Santa Barbara City Councilman Jason Dominguez. Santa Barbara City College Trustee Jonathan Abboud is vying for the seat, as well longtime Executive Director of the local nonprofit Standing Together To End Sexual Assault Elsa Granados. Also on the ballot are teacher and attorney Stephen Bloom, of Ventura, and Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett. Santa Barbara resident Charles Cole is the lone Republican in the race.
The top two vote getters will advance to a runoff in the November election.
So, where do I vote?
Good question, and don’t forget that you’re voting in multiple races, so make sure to do your homework prior to going to your closest polling place.
For questions or assistance about voting at the polls, call the Santa Barbara County Elections Division at (800) 722-8683. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
You can cast your vote at the following locations:
Assistance League, 1259 Veronica Springs Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105-4535
Calvary Baptist, Church Sizer Hall – Parking Off Pedragosa, 736 W Islay St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101-4006
Chase Palm Park Center, 236 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Christ Presbyterian Church, 36 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
El Montecito Presbyterian Church Parish Hall, 1455 East Valley Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1242
First Presbyterian Church Christian Fellowship Center, 21 E. Constance Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3513
Franklin Neighborhood Center Multipurpose Room. 1136 E. Montecito St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2635
Free Methodist Church Youth Room, 1435 Cliff Dr. Santa Barbara, CA 93109-173
Holy Cross Church Parish Hall, 1740 Cliff Dr. Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1635
Hope Elementary School Multipurpose Room. 3970 La Colina Rd. Ste A. Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Jardin De Las Rosas Community Center, 510 N. Salsipuedes St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
MacKenzie Park MacKenzie Center, 3111 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Montecito Covenant Church Fellowship Hall, 671 Cold Springs Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1005
Santa Barbara Community Church The Upper Room, 1002 Cieneguitas Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Santa Barbara Municipal Tennis Center, 1414 Park Pl., Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2920
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Santa Barbara Gallery, 2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Brandon School Multipurpose Room, 195 Brandon Dr. Goleta, CA 93117-1036
Casa De Los Carneros Multipurpose Room, 10 Longshore Pl., Goleta, CA 93117
Dos Pueblos High School Performing Arts Center Lobby, 7266 Alameda Ave., Goleta, CA 93117-1351
Goleta Presbyterian Church Common Room, 6067 Shirrell Way, Goleta, CA 93117-2099
Isla Vista Community Center, 976 Embarcadero Del Mar, Goleta, CA 93117
Mariposa At Ellwood Shores, 190 Viajero Dr., Goleta, CA 93117
San Clemente Villages San Clemente Center. 6530 El Colegio Rd.. Goleta, CA 93117
Santa Catalina Linda Vista Room, 6850 El Colegio Rd., Goleta, CA 93117
Santa Barbara Hillel Sanctuary, 781 Embarcadero Del Mar, Goleta, CA 93117
Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative Merton Auditorium, 777 Camino Pescadero, Goleta, CA 93117
Sierra Madre Villages Miramar Center – 6113, 555 Storke Rd., Goleta, CA 93117
South Coast Church The Barn, 5814 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Goleta, CA 93117
St. George Youth Center Accessible & Street Parking Only, 889 Camino Del Sur, Goleta, CA 93117
St. Michael’s University Church, 6586 Picasso Rd., Goleta, CA 93117-4651
Girls Inc.. Theater, 4973 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93111-2844
Saint Raphael’s Church Parish Hall, 5444 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Santa Barbara County Employees’ University Coastal Room, 267 Camino Del Remedio, Santa Barbara CA 93110
Santa Barbara City College Wake Campus Room 28, 300 N. Turnpike Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Casa De Las Flores Community Room, 4096 Via Real, Carpinteria, CA 93013
Faith Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1335 Vallecito Pl., Carpinteria, CA 93013-1431
Reality Carpinteria, 5251 6th St., Carpinteria, CA 93013
Arellanes Junior High School Gymnasium, 1890 Sandalwood Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93455-2846
Atkinson Park Community Center Multipurpose Room, 1000 N. Railroad Ave, Santa Maria, CA 93458
Bethel Lutheran Church Fireside Room 624 E Camino Colegio Santa Maria, CA 93454
Bob Orach Community Building (formerly Westgate Neighborhood), 1300 Marsala Ln., Santa Maria, CA 93458
Calvary Chapel of Santa Maria Church Foyer, 2620 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria, CA 93455-1714
Edwards Community Center Multipurpose Room, 809 Panther Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93454
First Christian Church Worship Center, 1550 S. College Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93454
Grace Baptist Church Grace Hall, 605 E. McCoy Ln., Santa Maria, CA 93455-1339
Grogan Park Community Center Recreation Room, 1155 Rancho Verde Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93458
Minami Community Center Assembly Room, 600 W. Enos Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93458-7146
People Of Greatness Community Center, 1503 N. McClelland St., Santa Maria, CA 93454-2209
Santa Maria Foursquare Church Gymnasium, 709 N. Curryer St., Santa Maria, CA 93458-360
Seventh Day Adventist Church Church Hall, 1775 S. Thornburg St., Santa Maria, CA 93458-7403
Temple Beth El, 1501 E. Alvin Ave., Santa Maria, CA 93454-3303
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Cultural Center, 212 E Central Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436
College Park Apartments Community Room, 648 N G St., Lompoc, CA 93436
Dick DeWees Community & Senior Center 102 C Banquet Room, 1120 W Ocean Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436
Grace Baptist Church Large Fellowship Hall, 1009 E Pine Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436
Lompoc Foursquare Church Connections Building, 137 N C St., Lompoc, CA 9343
Mission Hills Community Services Dist. Board Room, 1550 Burton Mesa Blvd., Lompoc, CA 93436-2100
North Avenue Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1523 W. North Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church Fitch Hall, 2800 Harris Grade Rd., Lompoc, CA 93436
Village Chapel Sanctuary, 3915 Constellation Rd., Lompoc, CA 93436
Santa Ynez Community Services District Board Room,1070 Faraday St., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Old Gym, 2975 E Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3550 Baseline Ave., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church Classroom #11, 1825 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang, CA 93463
Old Mission Santa Ines Parish Hall, 1760 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463
Summerland Presbyterian Church Street Parking Only, 2400 Lillie Ave., Summerland, CA 93067
Orcutt Junior High School Gymnasium, 608 Pinal Ave., Orcutt, CA 93455
Church of Christ Family Center, 795 E Foster Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93455-3821
Foxenwood Tennis & Swim Club Clubhouse, 1087 Clubhouse Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93455-3525
Lutheran Church of Our Savior Stahnke Hall, 4725 S Bradley Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93455-5051
Mariposa Townhomes Community Room, 290 Parkview St., Santa Maria, CA 93455
Masonic Hall Dining Room, 700 E Lakeview Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93455-2719
South Valley Community Church The Gray Room, 1054 E Clark Ave., Santa Maria, CA 93455-5038
St. Mark’s In the Valley Episcopal Church Common Room, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441
Olga Reed Elementary School Gymnasium, 480 Centennial St., Los Alamos, CA 93440
Buellton Recreation Center Gymnasium, 301 2nd St., Buellton, CA 93427
Mary Buren Elementary School Stage, 1050 Peralta St., Guadalupe, CA 93434-1418
River View Townhomes Community Room, 230 Calle Cesar E Chavez St., Guadalupe, CA 93434-1836