The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a case ordering a man who lost a race for a Santa Barbara County supervisorial seat to pay the legal fees the winner incurred when he sued her.
Doreen Farr defeated Steven Pappas for the Third District Supervisorial seat in 2008. Pappas contested the results, claiming voter fraud in the precincts near UC Santa Barbara. A review by the County Elections Office found nothing wrong, and upheld Farr’s 800 plus vote victory.
Farr then sued Pappas to try to recover her legal fees, which were in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. An appeals court ruled in her favor, and by the Supreme Court declining to hear the case, the lower court ruling against Pappas in effect stands.
The Third District includes The Santa Ynez Valley, as well as UCSB, Isla Vista, and parts of the Goleta Valley.