2020 Voter Guide

Federal and State Offices

Sunrise SB recommends for

President & Vice President

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Sunrise SB recommends for

U.S. House of Representatives ﹣ District 24

Salud Carbajal
Sunrise SB recommends for

California State Senate ﹣ District 19

Monique Limón
Sunrise SB recommends for

California State Assembly ﹣ District 37

Steve Bennett

City Offices

Sunrise SB supports for

Council Member ﹣ City of Goleta

Kyle Richards
Sunrise SB recommends for

Mayor ﹣ City of Goleta

Paula Perotte

School Districts

Sunrise SB endorses for

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Virginia Alvarez
We proudly endorse Virginia Alvarez for Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education. Alvarez has worked for the district for over 30 years as both a teacher and an administrator, so she has the knowledge to make change. She puts a high priority on bilingual outreach to parents, and would be the only Spanish-speaker on the board. She is also committed to implementing Ethnic Studies as well as high quality education about the climate crisis. Finally, she wants to interrupt the school-to-prision pipeline by removing police officers from campuses, looking into the high suspension rate of Latinx students, and improving mental health resources.
Sunrise SB recommends for

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Jacqueline Reid
Sunrise SB recommends for

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Wendy Sims-Moten
Sunrise SB endorses for

Goleta Union School District

Vicki Ben-Yaacov
Vicki Ben-Yaacov has a history of being involved with the school district as a volunteer and as the founder of a non-profit for STEAM outreach. She has lots of ideas for improving environmental education and sustainability in schools, and she emphasizes that actions should go along with teaching about sustainability in the classroom. Some of her plans are already being put into place, such as a composting program at Isla Vista school. She is also committed to increasing equity and input in the decision-making process for all students and parents.
Sunrise SB endorses for

Goleta Union School District

Sholeh Jahangir
Sholeh Jahangir is already serving on the board and is doing great work, including creating a facilities master plan and starting a dual language immersion program. She works with many community organizations and sees access to basic needs such as health care, housing, and food as the first step to addressing inequality in the education system. In addition, she wants the curriculum to teach about racial diversity, LGBTQ issues, and environmental stewardship year round.

Special Districts

Sunrise SB endorses for

Goleta Water District

Lauren Hanson
Lauren Hanson is a current incumbent on the Goleta Water Board. Lauren has been a vocal advocate for banning fracking and other high intensity drilling techniques in Santa Barbara County, and has sent letters to decision-making bodies expressing concern for oil drilling though groundwater basins and to dangerous oil trucking through Santa Barbara. She prioritizes the delivery of safe, reliable water to everyone in the community, groundwater safety, and making the transition to carbon neutrality in the most economically and environmentally sensible way.
Sunrise SB endorses for

Goleta Water District

Farfalla Borah
Farfallah Borah currently serves as the Director of the Goleta Water District. She is committed to providing clean, affordable drinking water and ensuring that the GWD exceeds all applicable water quality standards. Her main priorities are to protecting the Goleta Groundwater Basin and building regional water supply resilience. She supported a letter to the SB County Planning Commission to express the Goleta Water Board’s concerns about the risks and impacts of the proposed Exxon oil trucking project and looks to increase the scope of the Water District’s sustainability programs.
Sunrise SB endorses for

Isla Vista Community Services District

Catherine Flaherty
Sunrise Santa Barbara endorses Catherine Flaherty for Isla Vista Community Services District! Like all of the candidates we endorse, she has pledged to not accept donations from fossil fuel companies and to work to implement the Green New Deal in our local community. She has committed to working with organizations in IV to make sure more perspectives are represented in the decision making process.
Sunrise SB supports for

Goleta Sanitary District

Sharon Rose