SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Carlos Escobedo is the latest candidate to throw his hat into the ring in the race to represent Santa Maria City Council District 1.
Escobedo works as an outreach specialist at Allan Hancock College and serves as Event Coordinator for Santa Maria Open Streets.
His work with Open Streets brought free activities and thousands of people to Main Street Santa Maria for last year’s inaugural event, Escobedo said. Escobedo also founded the Spanish Toastmasters on the Central Coast - Toastmasters Valle de Santa Maria. He also volunteers at a number of local organizations.
Escobedo says he run on a platform that advocates for strengthening public safety, affordable housing, helping local businesses succeed, and sports and recreation.
Steve Lavagnino, 5th District Supervisor for Santa Barbara County, said of Escobedo:
“Carlos Escobedo is a great example for those chasing the American Dream. He has shown that with education, perseverance and hard work you can do anything. He is a born leader and I have no doubt that he will get things done. His passion for service and commitment to his community is refreshing”Santa Barbara County Supervisor Steve Lavagnino
Escobedo is the second person to announce their candidacy to represent Santa Maria's District 1.
Osvaldo Sotelo announced his candidacy in January.
District 1 represents the the northwest portion of Santa Maria.
In Nov. 2018, Santa Maria held its first district-based election system for city council, switching from at-large elections.
Escobedo and Sotelo are running to replace current councilmember Michael Moats.
Due to the city's district-based elections, Moats technically lives in District 3, leaving District 1 without an incumbent. Moats lost his election bid for District 3 to Gloria Soto.