H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Nov 2, 2012 9:31 PM by Nikki Ibarra

The race for Santa Barbara County 4th District Supervisor heats up

One of the hottest races on the Central Coast is for 4th District Santa Barbara County Supervisor. Longtime incumbent Joni Gray is in a battle against Santa Maria Valley farmer and grower Peter Adam.

Joni Gray said job creation is the most important issue on her agenda. For Peter Adam, it's the Santa Barbara County budget.

Peter Adam is vice president of a farming business with his brothers in Santa Maria. If he's elected, Adam plans to work to eliminate, what he calls, wasteful spending. "We've got to get some fiscal responsibility because everything always wraps back to that," said Adam.

Joni Gray has been a county supervisor for 14 years. Her focus in on the economy. "I've worked at jobs that show people how to get jobs. I've worked at jobs that know the community. I'm the guy that people call that say, hey Joni, how do we do? And, that's my job," said Gray.

Adam believes local government needs to take full responsibility for the budget. "I don't think government makes the economy. You know, business has to have an idea and go get the money and put the idea into play, and the only thing that government does is get in the way of the ideas and get in the way of the financing," said Adam.

Gray, who is also an attorney, said creating jobs is a key way to build up the local economy. "We want people to work and play and live in the community," added Gray.

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