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)
Supervisor, 3rd District (Vote for 1)
|JUSTIN CUMMINGS||5823 (39.75%)|
|SHEBREH KALANTARI-JOHNSON||6308 (43.06%)|
|AMI CHEN MILLS||2436 (16.63%)|
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.
- Cummings wants to increase the inclusionary rate for unincorporated Santa Cruz County from 15% to 20%. An inclusionary rate sets the number of affordable housing units that developers are required to build. An inclusionary rate of 20% means that in a new housing complex, 20% of the units must be offered at affordable rents or prices to people with lower incomes.
- Cummings also wants to push state leaders to deliver COVID-19 rent assistance money faster.
- Cummings said he would aggressively seek state and federal funds for permanent supportive housing.
- Cummings said he wants to ensure that County of Santa Cruz employees have competitive wages.
- Cummings said he would pursue money to expand broadband internet service in District 3 and repair North Coast roads.
- Cummings wants to create more separated bike lanes. He also wants to identify federal money to advance electric rail transit in Santa Cruz County.
Ami Chen Mills
- Chen Mills wants to work with nonprofit developers to build affordable housing on county land.
- Chen Mills wants to create a rent assistance voucher program run by the county. She wants to find state and federal money for it.
- Chen Mills supports an expansion of managed homeless camps, like the one at the armory in DeLaveaga Park.
- Chen Mills said she supports an expansion of the local tourism industry related to agriculture and ecological farm tours.
- Chen Mills supports an expansion of MERT, the mobile emergency response team that sends vans to people experiencing mental health crises. The team can respond independently of the Sheriff’s Office.
- Chen Mills said she would work to help the Santa Cruz Metro bus system hire drivers and make the service more user friendly.
- View elections results for other local races
- Santa Cruz Local’s Election Guide
- Santa Cruz Local podcast episode: District 3 Santa Cruz County supervisor candidates address voters’ priorities (April 26, 2022).
- View a map or enter your address to see if you live in District 3.
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Kara Meyberg Guzman is the CEO and co-founder of Santa Cruz Local. Prior to Santa Cruz Local, she served as the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s managing editor. She has a biology degree from Stanford University and lives in Santa Cruz.