Capps Launches Campaign to Challenge Williams for Supervisor
Laura Capps (Photo: Manjari Sharma)
By edhat staff
Laura Capps officially launched her campaign for Santa Barbara County Supervisor in the Mission's Rose Garden Tuesday afternoon.
Surrounded by Roosevelt Elementary School students holding blue and yellow "Capps for Supervisor signs," Capps was introduced by her 8-year-old son Oscar and Reverend Anne Howard with her mother and former Congresswoman Lois Capps standing beside her.
Capps discussed the need to restore the bonds of trust between the people and the government stating there is far more that unites us than divides us. "Especially now, with our national government in despair, with our administration that could not be more alienating or out of touch, our local leaders need to be in touch with us, they need to be connected, they need to listen to us," she said.
Over 150 attendees including elected officials, friends, family, and community members joined as Capps formally announced her campaign while stating her passion for fighting child hunger and climate change at a local level.
“I am proud to announce that I am running for County Supervisor because I am a leader who listens – and my north star for how I will govern will be the children of our County and the future they deserve,” Capps said. “I am blessed to be standing with so many of the people who’ve inspired me to get involved locally -- combatting child hunger, creating a more sustainable path for our County’s future an independent and accessible leader for our public schools.”
Capp's website shows a list of over 115 endorsements including former Supervisors Janet Wolf and Susan Rose, former Assemblymember Pedro Nava, former Mayor Sheila Lodge, and more. She got her political start as a White House Aide to Senior Advisor George Stephanopoulos and then as a speechwriter to former President Bill Clinton. She continued her work in politics when she became Senator Ted Kennedy’s Communications Director in the U.S. Senate and later the senior aide to John Kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign.
Capps is set to square off against incumbent Das Williams for the First District Seat who is already endorsed by the Democratic Party of Santa Barbara and current County Supervisors Gregg Hart, Joan Hartmann, and Steve Lavagnino.