Two Santa Barbara City Councilmembers Confirmed
Meagan Harmon and Oscar Gutierrez (Photos: City of Santa Barbara)
By edhat staff
Two Santa Barbara City Councilmembers have maintained their seats without facing an election.
Meagan Harmon and Oscar Gutierrez were running unopposed in their respective districts as the August 9 deadline passed without competitors.
Councilmembers chose to hold a special meeting Wednesday to appoint Harmon and Gutierrez to their seats instead of spending $106,000 to add them to the ballot.
After a lawsuit in 2015, the City of Santa Barbara was required to change its at-large election process to districts. The ultimate goal was to encourage more candidates to run for office and have those candidates accurately represent the areas in which they live.
Harmon represents District 6 serving the downtown area while Gutierrez represents District 3 on the Westside.