24th Congressional District

It’s been a long road for a man who grew up as the son of a farmworker in Ventura County to become a Santa Barbara County Supervisor, and now, a member of Congress.

Making the jump from local to national politics is always a big one, but there’s no question it’s been a particularly different one for Democrat Salud Carbajal.

The 24th District Congressman took office in January, starting at the same time as the new Trump Administration.

Carbajal sat down with KCLU's Lance Orozco in his Washington, D.C. office to talk about issues ranging from healthcare and the environment to the climate right now on Capitol Hill.

It’s been a busy day at polls on the Central and South Coasts, with more than 830,000 people registered to vote in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.

More than 442,000 people are registered to vote in Ventura County, 222,000 in Santa Barbara County, and 168,000 in San Luis Obispo County.  Upwards of 50% of those voters requested main-in ballots, which means it could be days before we have final results in some tight local races, and measures.

In one of the most contested races for the House of Representatives, the two candidates vying for the 24th district clashed in a spirited debate Sunday.

Democrat Salud Carbajal and Republican Justin Fareed fielded questions from community members and a panel of journalists.

It’s election eve in California, and on the Central and South Coasts.

While the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders battle for the Democratic Presidential nomination is headlining the June 7th primary, voters on the Central and South Coasts are also making some big local decisions.

A debate is set for later this week on the Central Coast in one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the region in decades.

Cuesta College is hosting the Thursday night forum for the 24th District seat. The seat is wide open for the first time in decades, after Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara announced she won’t seek re-election to the post she’s held since 1998.

Organizers say all nine candidates for the seat committed to taking part in the Cuesta College debate, which is open to the public.