A seat will open on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors as Peter Adam will not seek re-election.
Adam, who has served since 2012, says he wants to give someone else the chance to make an impact.
He says there is more work to be done in Santa Barbara County.
“They haven’t done the maintenance and they’ve gotten themselves in too much debt,” Adam said. “Unfortunately I have been unsuccessful in really knocking that down.”
Adam has hopes Bob Nelson will take his place. On Saturday, supporters rallied for Nelson who worked as Chief of Staff for Adam. If elected, Nelson wants to focus on north Santa Barbara County including a priority of public safety.
“You know often our office ends up on a losing side of a three, two vote with the South Coast majority usually winning, but you know part of this job is building relationships, trying to find common ground and you know we’re not in the majority, so what’s next,” Nelson said. “That’s really what I want to focus on, figuring out a way to still get things done for north county.”
Adam’s term won’t expire until Dec. 2020.