SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown has formally announced his re-election campaign.

Flanked by city and county leaders, along with many supporters, Brown made his speech on the steps of the County Courthouse facing the Sunken Gardens.

Prior to his comments, Brown was praised by Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal,  along with  Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Carpinteria Mayor Brad Stein, Goleta Mayor Roger Acevas, and  Solvang Mayor Jim Richardson.

Also on hand with an endorsement, former Sheriff Jim Thomas.

Brown spoke about his efforts to maintain public safety despite financial challenges.

He also said his pursuit of funding for a new Santa Maria area jail remains on track.  It comes at a time when the Goleta jail facility is often overcrowded and prisoners are often bussed long distances daily to make court appearances.

Brown has secured over $100-million dollars in state grants for the project, but it has not been given the official green light from the County Board of Supervisors just yet.

Brown was first elected in November 2006,  and after serving a four year term, won re-election in June,  2010.  In that election, he ran unopposed.

The other candidate in the race is Sheriff's Sergeant Sandra Brown  (no relation).

(More details will be added to this story later today.)