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Voters choose current Santa Barbara County supervisor as new state assembly member for region


Gregg Hart wins 37th District State Assembly Seat; Steve Bennett wins new term in 38th, and Jacqui Irwin re-elected to represent 42nd District.

Voters decided a race for a wide open State Assembly race in the Tri-Counties.

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gregg Hart defeated former County Supervisor Mike Stoker for the 37th District State Assembly seat. Hart received 58% of the vote, to Stoker’s 42%.

38th District Assemblyman Steve Bennett won a second term in office by a large margin. The Ventura-based Democrat defeated Republican challenger Cole Brocato by a 60% to 40% margin.

And, in the 42nd District, Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks won a fifth term in office, defeating Republican challenger Lori Mills by 54% to 46%.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.