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Meet the candidates for Santa Maria City Council

Posted at 7:26 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 22:26:09-04

Five people are running for two seats on the Santa Maria City Council this November.

Raymond Acosta, Michael Moats and Gloria Soto are running for the District 3 seat.

Etta Waterfield and Rafael “Rafa” Gutierrez are running for the District 4 seat.

We recently caught up with each candidate and asked them the same three questions:

  1. Why are you running for Santa Maria City Council?
  2. What changes would you like to see that would make Santa Maria a better place?
  3. What should be done to tackle crime in the city?

Raymond Acosta is a grocery store manager. He says he’s concerned about how taxpayer money is being spent:

Click here to read the full transcript of Acosta’s interview.

Michael Moats is the incumbent District 3 council member. He says he’s vested in the city and wants to continue making Santa Maria a better place to live:

Click here to read the full transcript of Moats’ interview.

Gloria Soto is a non-profit manager. She says affordable housing and higher-paying jobs are among her priorities:

Click here to read the full transcript of Soto’s interview.

Etta Waterfield is the incumbent District 4 council member. She says she loves serving the City of Santa Maria and public safety is her top priority:

Click here to read the full transcript of Waterfield’s interview.

Rafa Gutierrez is an attorney. His ideas for the city’s future include bringing in a California State University campus:

Click here to read the full transcript of Gutierrez’s interview.

The 2018 General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Visit KSBY’s Decision 2018 page for more coverage of the local races and measures on this year’s ballot.