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Hannah-Beth Jackson Wins State Senate Seat, May Give Democrats Supermajority

State Sen.-elect Hannah-Beth Jackson, talking with a supporter at her Tuesday victory party, says she’s “very excited to go back to Sacramento to work on the behalf of this community.”
State Sen.-elect Hannah-Beth Jackson, talking with a supporter at her Tuesday victory party, says she’s “very excited to go back to Sacramento to work on the behalf of this community.”  (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli | updated logo 1:05 a.m. |

Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson won the 19th state Senate District seat Tuesday, piling up 53 percent of the vote against Republican Mike Stoker.

“I’m very excited to go back to Sacramento to work on the behalf of this community, to invest in education, protect the environment, and balance the needs of the economy with preserving the planet and quality of life,” the former assemblywoman said.

Jackson said she also wants to help her constituents get access to health care and protect a woman’s right to choose, she said at her Election Night victory party. These are all things people in the community care about, she said, promising that she’ll fight hard for them.

“This election is a real statement about the fact that people believe we are a community and we have to strive to bring everybody forward, and do it in a way that respects human dignity,” she said.

Jackson won 52.82 percent of Santa Barbara County’s votes and 55.97 percent of Ventura County’s, with 54 precincts still uncounted in the latter.

With Jackson’s election, the Democrats who control the state Senate are closing in on the two-thirds supermajority they need to approve tax increases, pass legislation and override gubernatorial vetoes without regard to minority Republicans.

Jackson and Stoker both have political experience — Jackson as a legislator and Stoker as a Santa Barbara county supervisor — and each has roots in the private sector as attorneys.

During their campaigns, both candidates pledged to create a better climate for job creation. Jackson’s priorities are to invest in education and the environment, while Stoker urged state employee pension reform and called for action on California’s chronic budget crisis.

By Oct. 25, campaign finance reports showed that Jackson had raised three times as much as Stoker, bringing her fundraising total to almost $1 million for the year.

In 2010, Stoker lost the race for the 35th Assembly District seat against Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, and he lost a congressional bid against Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, in 2000.

Jackson narrowly lost the 2008 19th Senate District race against Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks, who now lives outside the boundaries of the new 19th District. On Tuesday night, Strickland was elected to Congress.

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» on 11.07.12 @ 09:55 AM

Taxin Jackson. Can’t wait to turn over more money to the state to “invest”.

» on 11.07.12 @ 02:51 PM

Yet another reason to move out of the state.

» on 11.07.12 @ 04:07 PM

Taxin Jackson wins and anyone who has a real job loses.

Too many on the dole, and government cant find any waste.

This state is doomed, can you hear the jobs leaving—WOW !!!

» on 11.07.12 @ 10:09 PM

Can Stoker now please ride off into the sunset , permanently?!

» on 11.07.12 @ 11:39 PM

The only thing riding off in the sunset are jobs, the welfare losers and college kids now tell the rest of us how much we should pay in taxes-??

Too many on the dole, and takers now out number makers—Greece babay—its over!!

The idiots won!!

» on 11.08.12 @ 02:43 AM

Finally the super majority that we have been waiting for.  We can finally have the free hand we need to fix all the world’s ills without having to work “across the aisle.”  We can finally raise taxes to fund union pensions to the fullest level and they will guarantee our reelection even if we are a goat.  We know that no matter how high taxes are; it has no impact on jobs, business or the taxpayers of California.  As proof, look at our support for prop 30.  Not a single mention of taking $6 billion a year right out of the local economy. Look .. its free no cost money.  Those people making a nasty $250,000 or more have too much money. I know some that live here in Goleta in a 1961 3 bedroom 1.5 bath homes.  How dare they?  They can cut coupons and take them to Von’s to pay the additional taxes while the legislature does important work like adopt a new state Marine animal.
Seriously, two points:
The UCSB students and other college student overwhelmingly voted for the new taxes and that is perfect. If (big If) they stay in the state, they will be paying the taxes for the rest of their lives.
California has been ruled by Democratic majorities for years.  California is a complete mess on every measure.  Thankfully they cannot blame Bush or anyone but themselves for the mess.  The voters get what they deserve.

» on 11.08.12 @ 09:20 AM

Unbelievable… Where does the spending end…

» on 11.08.12 @ 08:33 PM

How much does anyone want to bet that Prop 30 doesn’t raise anything close to $6 billion a year. Our nitwits in Sacramento have been wrong regarding every projection of revenue for the last ten years.

As for Jackson beating Stoker and achieving a 2/3 majority in the legislature: ugh.

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