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Robert Miller, Marsha Croninger, Kate Parker Win Seats on Santa Barbara City College Board

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In the races for seats on the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees, incumbents Robert Miller and Marsha Croninger won re-election bids and longtime Santa Barbara Unified school board member Kate Parker came out ahead in the three-way race for an open seat. 

Area 2 — Goleta

Incumbent Robert Miller, a retired trial lawyer, won a seat Tuesday night over Brandon Morse, a business manager, in the race for Area 2, according to preliminary results from the Santa Barbara County Elections Office. 

"I'm pleased with the support I have received," Miller said. "I feel very optimistic about he outcome, but I am not prepared to declare a victory until all the votes have been counted." 

Miller had a very healthy lead at the time and later Tuesday night, with 100 percent of the precincts counted, Miller had won 66.1 percent of the vote to Morse's 32.7 percent. 

Miller was previously appointed to take the place of trustee Marianne Kugler, who resigned in January. By winning, Miller will serve a short two years, to finish Kugler's term.

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Robert Miller

Area 2 is roughly the boundaries of the city of Goleta.

Area 5 — Mission Canyon and Santa Barbara

Incumbent and retired attorney Marsha Croninger won re-election handily over Darcél Elliott, chief of staff for county First District Supervisor Das Williams, according to Santa Barbara County Elections Office Tuesday night results. 

Croninger was leading by a wide margin with 61.5 percent of the vote, to Elliott's 37.4 percent. 

"I'm honored and grateful the voters chose to re-elect me," Croninger said, adding that she thanks the students, faculty and staff at SBCC along with the Santa Barbara community.

"Serving as a SBCC Trustee is a privilege. I look forward to continuing to work on policies that improve student access and success, and educational opportunities for everyone in the Santa Barbara community."

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Marsha Croninger

Croninger was first elected to the SBCC board in 2010, and she served as board president from 2015 to 2018.

Area 5 encompasses the Riviera, Mission Canyon, the Upper Eastside, a portion of the Westside to Bath Street and roughly between Quinto and Victoria streets, and San Roque.

Area 7 — Santa Barbara

Of the three-candidate field going for an open seat, Kate Parker, a long-time Santa Barbara Unified School District trustee, took an early lead Tuesday night with more than 60 percent of the vote.  

"So far, so good — I'm hopeful this is the way it continues, and I definitely like the way it started," Parker said of the early election night results. "This is a race where I feel that people don't pay much attention until they are at the voting booth... I appreciate the endorsements I got... I'm looking forward to getting started."

Later Tuesday night, preliminary results had Parker win the seat with 62.2 percent of the vote. 

Kate Parker said Tuesday night that she is looking forward to getting started on the Board of Trustees. Click to view larger
Kate Parker said Tuesday night that she is looking forward to getting started on the Board of Trustees.  (JC Corliss/ Noozhawk photo)

Economics professor Daniel Seymour was in second with 19.9 percent of the vote and entrepreneur Laurie Punches had 17.3 percent, according to the County Elections Office.  

The Area 7 seat is currently held by Marty Blum, a former Santa Barbara mayor who is not seeking re-election.

Off-ballot seats

Incumbent Peter Haslund was uncontested for his re-election bid to represent Area 1, which includes Carpinteria and Montecito. He was first elected to the board in 2010.

Incumbent Jonathan Abboud ran unopposed for re-election in Area 6, which covers the Isla Vista, UC Santa Barbara and Hope Ranch communities. He joined the SBCC trustees in 2014.

The SBCC trustees represent the residents of the seven districts on the county’s South Coast — from Carpinteria to Goleta — in making decisions and determining policies governing the total operations of the district and the college.

The members are elected by voters in the individual districts, and serve four-year terms.

Check back with Noozhawk for updates to this story.

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