Joan Hartmann secured a confident victory Tuesday over opponent Bruce Porter, replacing Doreen Farr as the Santa Barbara County Third District Supervisor.
The contest ended with Hartmann attaining 53.96% of the county vote Tuesday night, enough to beat Porter who won 45.79% of the county vote.
Porter had an early lead Tuesday in the initial precinct reports after 9 p.m. As final precinct reports came in, however, Hartmann took a lead that concluded in her decisive victory. Hartmann’s numbers saw a significant jump when UCSB and Isla Vista precincts were counted.
Hartmann received 43 percent of the vote in the June primary. Porter received 34.9 percent of the vote. She had received 59.6 percent of the UCSB and Isla Vista. Porter received 9.2 percent of the UCSB and Isla Vista vote.As the planning commissioner for the county’s Third District, Hartmann advocated for Isla Vista regarding parking and community representation.
Hartmann received an endorsement from the Nexus in her race for Third District Supervisor.
Running on a platform promoting small businesses and the preservation of Santa Barbara’s unique community, Hartmann did several events on UCSB campus including campaigning in the arbor along with Salud Carbajal and Justin Fareed on Tuesday.
Both candidates advocated for high levels of accountability, with Hartmann promising to hold office hours and personally respond to concerns or questions within 24 hours.
Ultimately, Hartmann’s support from college precincts guided her victory.
“I came of age around the Santa Barbara oil spill, and I think that many young people are drawn to UCSB because they have a strong affinity for the coastal environment,” Hartmann said Tuesday evening. “Whether that be physics students … theater students or music students, they’re drawn to this place because of its natural beauty and healthy lifestyle, and that’s what I represent.”