The Democratic Party is also heavily focused on the Goleta Union School District board, and its support of incumbent Richard Mayer, who is running against conservative Caroline Abate in Trustee Area 1, and Emily Zacarias, who is running against Christy Lozano in Trustee Area 3.
Zacarias, a special education teacher, did not mention Lozano’s name, although she clearly referenced her in her comments. Lozano ran unsuccessfully for county school superintendent in June.
“This race is going to be a challenge; most of you know my opponent was the opponent to Susan Salcido in the last election for county superintendent, so if you know who that is, I have a lot to get ready for,” Zacarias said, prompting a chorus of boos at the reference to Lozano.
She said she supports equity and education, mental health, social and emotional learning, and called for support of teachers.
“We’ve got to make sure that our teachers and classified staff that are represented by the two unions are well-taken care of, they are paid well, they can afford to live here, because when they are taken care of, they are going to devote everything,” Zacarias said.
The Labor Day event marks the unofficial kickoff of the campaign season, but the Democratic Party has already been knocking on doors, making phone calls and contacting voters for much of the summer.