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City of Santa BarbaraCandidate for City Council, Council District 1

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Jason Dominguez

Teacher, Nonprofit Leader, Environmental Attorney
946 votes (47.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Creating more affordable housing in Santa Barabara and protecting renters
  • Advancing compassionate solutions to reduce homelessness
  • Prioritizing funding to improve streets, sidewalks, and parks



Profession:Teacher, Nonprofit Leader, Environmental Attorney
Councilmember, District 1, Santa Barbara City Council — Elected position (2015–current)


I attended college at Stanford University and, after teaching high school, I went to law school at UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall). I have worked for the LA City Attorney, the CA Attorney General, the Santa Barbara County Counsel, and the United Nations as a war crime prosecutor. More recently, I have  worked in leadership roles for non-profits such as California Rural Legal Assistance, Legal Aid Foundation, and New Civic Forum.

Councilmember Dominguez has a love of learning that comes from growing up watching his parents study as they earned college degrees from the California State University. Jason carried that love of learning into his career and has taught law courses at the Santa Barbara College of Law, the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and American University's Washington College of Law.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Mayor Clint Garmin, City of Santa Paula
  • Mayor Holly Sierra, City of Buellton
  • Mayor Ryan Toussaint, City of Solvang

Elected Officials (5)

  • City Councilmember William Weirick, City of Ojai
  • City Councilmember Manuel Minjares, City of Fillmore
  • City Councilmember Oscar Madrigal, City of Oxnard
  • Veronica Gallardo, Santa Barbara City College Board Trustee
  • Marsha Croninger, Santa Barbara City College Board Trustee

Individuals (2)

  • Bob Handy, Democratic Central Committee, Santa Barbara County; U.S. Navy (ret.)
  • Shawn Terris, Veterans United for Truth; Chair Endorsement committee, Democratic Club of Ventura

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

In my last four years at city hall, I have been a pragmatic leader, who puts the interests of my district and city residents first, not special interests. My job experience as a teacher, non-profit leader, and ten years as a government attorney has taught me the importance of standing up for what is right. Our city faces many challenges, but I will continue to be an independent voice fighting for common-sense solutions that benefit all residents.

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