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Santa Barbara voters to elect new mayor: Meet the candidates

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Voters in the City of Santa Barbara will select a new mayor on Tuesday.

There are five candidates up for Mayor, all of them with ideas on how they'd like to give back to their city.

Hal Conklin was previously on Santa Barbara's city council, was the first Co-director of the city's community environmental council and is the President of USA Green Communities.

He'd like to increase high-tech and environmental businesses in the area.

"I think it's important that Santa Barbara retain it's position as environmental leader in the industries of the world. That's a high priority for me, but the second is the economy needs to be diversified," said Conklin.

Frank Hotchkiss, current councilmember, has been an actor, business man, realtor and writer. He wants to expand the city's tourism efforts as a 'marketing mayor.'

"I would rather try to tighten our belts and set aside money every year for roads, particularly, and maybe have a bond measure down the line for a new police station," said Hotchkiss.

Angel Martinez works in the footwear industry and wants to help Santa Barbara overcome economic challenges. He says right now, the city is going in the wrong direction.

"The vagrant homelessness, empty storefronts on State Street, the lack of entry-level housing; those are 'tip of the iceberg' and the 'iceburg' is the lack of an economic plan going forward. That's why I ran, to bring that to everyone's attention and to do something about it," Martinez said.

Cathy Murillo is a current city councilmember and former journalist.

"My platform is job creation and economic development, public health and safety, protecting our environment and the character of our neighborhoods," Murillo said.

Bendy White has been a councilmember since 2009. His website says he'd like to protect the environment in Santa Barbara while improving job opportunities, traffic conditions and housing.

For more details on the candidate's platforms, click here.

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