Santa Barbara County Supervisor Janet Wolf retained her Second District seat by a large margin, with unofficial results showing she defeated longtime Goleta City Councilman Roger Aceves by a 57% to 43% margin.
Sheriff Bill Brown won re-election, topping challenger Sandra Brown by a 57% to 43% margin.
A controversial proposal calling on financially squeezed Santa Barbara County to spend more to deal with its road, and facilities maintenance backlog narrowly failed.
Measure M had a 51.29% no vote, and 48.71% yes vote, losing by a 1400 vote margin.
County Supervisor, and Measure M proponent Peter Adam said the proposal would force County Supervisors to make an estimated $300 million dollar plus road, and facilities maintenance backlog a higher priority, and would keep it from growing. Opponents agreed that maintenance is a huge financial issue, but said given the county’s tight finances, if passed it would force cuts in other essential services.