2021 Local Progressive Voter Guide
(coming soon)

^Countdown to November 2, 2021 City Council Election^

We created a local progressive voter guide in 2020.  Did you know there are elections in the city of Santa Barbara in 2021?

If you’re thinking about sitting out this local 2021 election, please reconsider!  Our city government has a lot of power to determine the future of our community as it relates to affordable housing, the hiring and firing of our police chief, climate change policy, and more! 

For information regarding how to vote this year, visit www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/voter-info/

Who is running for city council?

The City of Santa Barbara has a 7-person council.  The city is divided into 6 districts, each represented by one city councilperson (it’s a long story) and we have one mayor.  If you live in a district, you can vote for that person.  Find out what district you live in here.  

Everyone who lives in the city can vote for mayor.  

In 2021, more than half of Santa Barbara’s city council seats are up for election: Mayor, District 4, District 5, and District 6.  District 1, 2, & 3 are NOT up for election because they were up in 2019.

City Council Position Candidates (so far)
Mayor of Santa Barbara
District 4 Councilmember
  • Kristen Sneddon
  • Barrett Reed
District 5 Councilmember
District 6 Councilmember

WTF does City Council do?

Great question!  Some of the more cynical folks in our city might say… nothing.  But trust us, the city council and our hardworking city staff do a lot!  Check out the video below for a helpful explainer on how our council-manager form of local government works here in Santa Barbara.

Endorsing Partner Organizations


  1. Santa Barbara Democratic Party (coming soon) 
  2. Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund (coming soon) 
  3. Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee (coming soon) 
  4. Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County (coming soon) 
  5. Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (coming soon) 
  6. Central Coast Labor Council (coming soon) 
  7. Sierra Club (Los Padres Chapter) (coming soon) 
  8. Santa Barbara Independent (coming soon) 
  9. Ethnic Studies Now! SB (coming soon) 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Unpaid volunteers.  Don't shoot!  We are open to all criticism, feedback, and... praise?  Email us at info@sbprogress.org.

This is the 2021 Local Progressive Voter Guide.  We omitted all candidates who are endorsed by the Republican party and/or other far right groups.  Additionally, we omitted candidates who are associated with far right groups in Santa Barbara or have received NO endorsements from our progressive partner organizations.  See a mistake?  Please email info@sbprogress.org.

The dash means that the organization did NOT make an endorsement in that race.  

Large progressive organizations like Courage California, Women's March, Human Rights Campaign, etc. don't typically endorse in local races like city council or school board, so we omitted them from the candidate endorsement list.  We also have a lot of amazing local progressive coalition partners like the Immigrant Legal Defense Center that don't endorse for many different reasons (it's a lot of work!). We put together the most comprehensive list of local progressive endorsements possible.  Did we miss one?  Email us at info@sbprogress.org.

We could never fit all endorsements for a candidate in one guide!  That's why we will link out to each candidate's campaign website.  Trust an individual more than some of these organizations?  Check out the endorsement pages on their websites to help you in your decision.

We put this information together from the public endorsement websites of SBPC partner organizations.  We're not perfect!  See a mistake?  Please email info@sbprogress.org.