From left, Justin Cummings, Ami Chen Mills and Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson were candidates for District 3 Santa Cruz County supervisor in the June 7 election. (Photos by Devi Pride, Andrew Rogers and J. Guevara)
SANTA CRUZ >> On the Nov. 8 ballot, Santa Cruz City Council members Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson and Justin Cummings will appear in a runoff for District 3 Santa Cruz County supervisor, according to official primary election results released July 5.
The District 3 supervisor June 7 primary had three candidates vying for one seat. Since no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, the top two candidates will face off in the Nov. 8 election.
This race is decided by voters on the North Coast and most of the City of Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Local interviewed and surveyed more than 100 District 3 residents about what issues they want the candidates to address.
Residents wanted candidates to:
- Develop affordable housing.
- Expand rent assistance programs.
- Address homelessness.
- Attract employers and create higher-paying jobs.
- Repair roads, expand law enforcement and improve cellphone service on the North Coast.
- Prioritize bike and walk projects and improve public transit.
Here is where the candidates stand on the issues, based on our interviews.
- Kalantari-Johnson wants to build housing throughout Santa Cruz County and reform the county’s planning department.
- Kalantari-Johnson wants to push state leaders to deliver COVID-19 related rent assistance money faster.
- Kalantari-Johnson supports the county’s three-year plan to address homelessness. She wants to create safe sleeping sites throughout the county.
- Kalantari-Johnson wants to look at ways to reduce the cost of living, including subsidized child care, after-school programs and accessible public transit.
- Kalantari-Johnson said she would support a new cellular tower in Bonny Doon and would seek state and federal money to repair roads on the North Coast.
- Kalantari-Johnson said she wants mass transit on the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line and wants to invest in the Santa Cruz Metro bus system.