From left, Justin Cummings, Ami Chen Mills and Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson are candidates for District 3 Santa Cruz County supervisor in the June 7 election. (Photos by Devi Pride, Andrew Rogers and J. Guevara)
Last county update: 6/21/2022 4:30:00 PM
Supervisor, 3rd District (Vote for 1)
|JUSTIN CUMMINGS||5640 (39.51%)|
|SHEBREH KALANTARI-JOHNSON||6181 (43.3%)|
|AMI CHEN MILLS||2373 (16.62%)|
SANTA CRUZ >> In early election results June 21, Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson continued her lead ahead of candidates Justin Cummings and Ami Chen Mills in the race for District 3 Santa Cruz County supervisor.
The District 3 supervisor race has three candidates vying for one seat. A candidate wins if they get more than 50% of the vote. If no candidate gets the majority, then the top two candidates face off in the Nov. 8 election.
Kalantari-Johnson and Cummings appear poised for a runoff, though the results are unofficial. Official results are expected by early July.
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.