Yesterday’s primary election set the stage for some county supervisorial runoffs in November in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.
In Ventura County’s First District, incumbent Steve Bennett had a strong showing, but not strong enough to win the race outright. Bennett had 44% of the vote, and former Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper was second, with 28% of the vote, setting the stage for the two of them to face each other in November. Ventura City Council member Christy Weir pulled in 15% of the vote, and follow council member Neal Andrews had 13%.
Ventura County Third District Supervisor Kathy Long, and Fifth District Supervisor John Zaragoza were unopposed, so both will return to the board for new four year terms.
In Santa Barbara County, Third District Supervisor Doreen Farr retained her seat, defeating businessman Steven Pappas by a 55% to 45% margin. It was a replay of four years ago, when Farr defeated Pappas.
But, longtime Santa Barbara County Fourth District Supervisor Joni Gray will face a runoff. She pulled in 40% of the vote, to challenger Peter Adam’s 38%. Former Lompoc Mayor Joyce Howerton had 23% of the vote, blocking either of the other two candidates from an outright win.
Santa Barbara County First Supervisor Salud Carbajal was easily re-elected. Opponent Carole Lieff had pulled out of the race, but her name was still on the ballot.