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Santa Barbara CountyCandidate for Supervisor, Supervisorial District 3

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Joan Hartmann

Supervisor, County of Santa Barbara
15,329 votes (54.59%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • : Ensuring public safety: championing quality fire and rescue, law enforcement and emergency medical services; enhancing disaster response and preparedness. Improving highway safety by working with key agencies, SBCAG, CHP & Caltrans.
  • Ensuring economic vitality: championing County’s transition to a low-carbon green economy; cutting red tape for renewable energy projects; improving broadband internet to rural areas, attracting new job opportunities in aerospace & the tech sector
  • Continue to provide responsive and effective government, advance innovative mental health services, criminal justice reforms and programs for children and families, expanding library services, while balancing the budget. Meet regularly with residents



Profession:Third District Supervisor
Supervisor 3rd District, Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2017–current)


Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR Doctor of Law (JD), Editor-in-chief, Environmental Law, Environmental and Natural Resources Certificate, Cornelius Honor Society (1991)
Claremont Graduate University Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.d.), Environmental Policy, Comparative Politics and Administration, Theory and Methods of Research, (1981)
Claremont Graduate School M.A. (1977)


Joan Hartmann, Ph.D., J.D., has served as Third District Supervisor since January 2017.  Prior to her election, she served for six years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the foster care network. She also served on the Wildling Museum's Board of Directors, the Fund for Santa Barbara's Grant Making Committee, and the Santa Barbara Foundation's LEAF Advisory Committee.

Joan began her career in the academic world, serving as Director of the Public Policy Program at the Claremont Graduate School; Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Government at Oberlin College; and later as adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at USC.  She has also worked in the policy and budget offices and as legal counsel for several federal government agencies.

She has also served in government—with the Congressional Research Service, the Department of the Interior and the U.S. EPA, Region 3 and helped found the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, a novel public private partnership to restore coastal Southern California rivers and wetlands.

She spearheaded the Buellton Urban Growth Boundary initiative which requires a vote of the people before the City can expand its boundaries, the first such initiative in Santa Barbara County. She also advised the Goodland Coalition which successfully campaigned for a similar initiative in Goleta.

She is married to James (Jim) Powell, and has one adult daughter, and two adult stepchildren.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • County Firefighters & Deputy Sheriff's Associations
  • Santa Barbara Independent
  • Democratic Party

Organizations (8)

  • Tri-Counties Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Central Coast Labor Council
  • 350 Santa Barbara
  • Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund
  • CAUSE Action Fund
  • Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Central Coast
  • Sierra Club

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