Santa Barbara County Supervisor Janet Wolf will not seek re-election

Current term up in 13 months

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara County Supervisor Janet Wolf announced on Thursday that she will not seek a fourth term in office.

The Second District supervisor issued the following statement:

After careful consideration, I have decided that I will not run for reelection for Second District Supervisor.  During the remaining 13 months of my term, I plan to continue working full time on the issues and projects that reflect the values and priorities I’ve advocated for throughout my eleven years in office.

During my tenure on the Board of Supervisors we have accomplished much, often in the face of tremendous challenges. 

I am proud of our Board's many achievements over the past 11 years including the following highlights:

  • building our strategic reserve to the highest level ever.
  • providing significant funding for a new fire station 11 in Goleta.
  • responding effectively to a major oil spill disaster and multiple major wildfires.
  • opening a new state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center. 
  • overseeing successful implementation of criminal justice reforms.
  • decreasing the juvenile crime and incarceration rate.
  • increasing opportunities for mental health and substance abuse treatment.  
  • completing many vital public infrastructure and maintenance projects in the Second District and throughout the county.
  •  bringing economic vitality programs to the entire county and reducing our county's unemployment rate to one of the lowest in the state.
  • supporting enhanced public-private partnerships including the county’s most successful concession, the Boathouse Restaurant at Arroyo Burro Beach.
  • increasing our financial commitment to our vital countywide library system.
  • Improving and expanding veterans services at the historic Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building.
  • opening an off leash dog park at Tucker's Grove.
  • strengthening the county’s coordination and oversight of onshore oil production.
  •  initiating a climate action strategy and multiple sustainability initiatives, including the Empower program, a solar array on the County campus, and the feasibility of Community Choice Energy (CCE).
  • advocating for services and opportunities for our most vulnerable residents, including children, the elderly, and the disabled.

I will continue to advocate for transparent, sensible and equitable public policy and land use decisions. In that spirit I am thrilled that just last week our Board voted to accept the final California Coastal Commission modifications to the Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan.  This final action was the culmination of over a decade of intensive work and the commitment of many individuals, including community members, Goleta Valley PAC members, and county staff. 

During the past few months, I have spent some time traveling with my family, including my 3 very young grandchildren. I’ve found myself wanting to do more with my family, while also pursuing new opportunities to remain actively engaged in our amazing community.

It has been and will continue to be an honor to serve the residents of the Second District and the County of Santa Barbara.  I will always be grateful to our residents, county Staff and my Board colleagues for their support and their dedication to our shared common cause of bettering our community.

A new Second District supervisor will be sworn in in 2019.

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