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Get informed on the Nov. 8 local election

District 3 Santa Cruz County supervisor candidates

The District 3 supervisor seat is up for election. You vote on this race if you live in District 3. The district includes most of the city of Santa Cruz and the North Coast.  View a map or enter your address to see if you live in District 3.

Voters in District 3 will choose one of two candidates: Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson or Justin Cummings. Read Santa Cruz Local’s Election Guide for information on the candidates:

A map shows the five Santa Cruz County supervisor districts with 2022 boundaries. (County of Santa Cruz)

District 4 Santa Cruz County supervisor candidates

Voters in District 4 will choose a Santa Cruz County supervisor. District 4 includes most of Watsonville. It includes areas east of Green Valley Road to the borders of Santa Clara, San Benito and Monterey counties. View a map or enter your address to see if you live in District 4.

Voters in District 4 will choose one of two candidates: Felipe Hernandez and Jimmy Dutra. Read Santa Cruz Local’s Election Guide for each candidate:

Background on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors includes five members. The board create laws for unincorporated county areas, sets the county budget and oversees many state functions. Each supervisor’s annual salary is $139,548 excluding benefits.

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors oversees:

  • County roads
  • County fire protection
  • Public health
  • County law enforcement: Sheriff’s Office, jails, probation
  • District Attorney’s office, public defender
  • Handles most federal, state money to county
  • Building and environmental services
  • County parks
  • Assistance with food, shelter

The board typically makes policies for the unincorporated areas of the county. However, they can coordinate with cities for countywide policies such as for homelessness. Roles include:

  • Planning for new construction and land use in unincorporated county areas
  • Advocate and plan for parks and recreation facilities
  • Response to emergencies
  • Homeless services
  • Housing policies including vacation rentals, affordable housing
  • Parking permits

—Stephen Baxter

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