Laura Capps and Das Williams Debate Pot and Public Schools

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Laura Capps and Das Williams (courtesy photos)

By edhat staff

Candidates for the Board of Supervisor seat in the 1st District, Laura Capps and Das Williams, faced off in a debate moderated by Jerry Roberts this week.

This is the first of four debates for the candidates. 

The candidates discussed their differences on the county's cannabis ordinance and its impact on public schools, health, and trust in local government. They then shifted to public policy, climate change, homelessness, and housing among other topics. 

Watch the full debate on Newsmakers with Jerry Roberts below:

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a-1591487049 Jan 24, 2020 06:12 PM
Laura Capps and Das Williams Debate Pot and Public Schools

Campaign finance reform was a topic in an earlier discussion this week. This is important because, while all candidates take contributions, Das clearly lets them influence his decision making. It’s one thing to lean a certain way, it’s entirely different when you are paid to. This is from a recent Noozhawk article: “Williams said he also supports campaign finance reform and has done so for decades in office, but Capps' campaign finance reform ideas hurt public safety.” "Her plan disadvantages firefighters, deputy sheriffs, folks who I think have a legitimate reason to be involved in politics in the county," Williams said What did he say?! In order to have a legitimate voice in local politics you must have the ability to buy supervisors with campaign contributions or have a powerful union. Wow... I guess his plan disadvantages anyone without the means or willingness to pay him off.

a-1591487049 Jan 23, 2020 03:40 PM
Laura Capps and Das Williams Debate Pot and Public Schools

OK so one debate down, a few more to go. So far what have we learned? Laura Capps wants money out of politics and is “a listener.” Das Williams is running on his past record. Neither candidate seems to have any concrete plans for improving the county. What are their ideas on homelessness, traffic congestion, wildfire prevention, taxes, pension liabilities, tourism, infrastructure, water, and so on?

SantaBarbaraObserver Jan 23, 2020 12:31 PM
Laura Capps and Das Williams Debate Pot and Public Schools

Nepotism is a cancer on democracy. We do not need any more political dynasties. New faces, new ideas and new blood are an absolute necessity to the health and well being of our community and our nation. Get a real job Laura, as in a non subsidized paycheck and one that contribute to the economic well being of the community in which you live.

PitMix Jan 23, 2020 02:07 PM
Laura Capps and Das Williams Debate Pot and Public Schools

Uninformed voters are a cancer on democracy. I don't mind political dynasties. In fact, if a family is raised and trained for a tradition of public service, they would be the best ones to help heal this country. I think it takes more than 2 generations of electeds to start calling a family a dynasty. Am proud to vote for someone that is not bought by the cannabis industry, and doesn't hire their lobbyists as their chief of staff.

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