SBAOR Endorses Deborah Schwartz for Santa Barbara Mayor

By Deborah Schwartz for Mayor of Santa Barbara
Posted on Jun 18, 2021 @ 09:00 AM

While the world begins returning to “normal”, the Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS® has been busy looking to the future. We participate in the policy process throughout the year, but this is the time of year when we go through a rigorous process to decide who SBAOR will endorse as its REALTOR® Party candidates.

The REALTOR® Party is about REALTORS® working together to VOTE, ACT and INVEST to protect the Dream of Home Ownership, to build vibrant communities, and to promote a strong economy.

In November, the City of Santa Barbara will have its last odd year election which means those elected this year will have a 5-year term. Given the importance of the mayoral role and that this is the only citywide elected seat, SBAOR started its endorsement process earlier than usual. We want to ensure that we have enough time to fully support our REALTOR® Party candidate. Later this summer we will go through our process to determine our possible endorsements for candidates running
in the 4th, 5th, and 6th districts.

Choosing which candidate to endorse was not an easy process since there are four candidates and several of them understand and agree with our positions on various issues. This process involved reviewing candidate questionnaires and multiple hours of interviews and deliberations. We evaluated the candidates based on their qualifications, viability, and position on REALTOR® Party issues such as tenant protections, land use policies, increasing the housing supply, and private property rights. In addition to our issues, we evaluated what a candidate will do with the position – consensus building, making positive change for the community, and
working with the State on issues. After careful deliberation, SBAOR is proud to endorse Deborah Schwartz as SBAOR’s REALTOR® Party candidate.