(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — KCSB 91.9 FM, the community radio station at UC Santa Barbara, is hosting a debate between the two candidates running for the 3rd District seat on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. Joan Hartmann and Bruce Porter received the most votes among a field of five candidates in the June primary election, and they face a run-off in November.

On Thursday, October 13th, Hartmann and Porter will field questions from a panel of UC Santa Barbara student journalists and share their views on important topics facing the 3rd District and Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County’s 3rd District covers a large and diverse geographic area, including Isla Vista, Goleta, the Gaviota Coast, Guadalupe and the Santa Ynez Valley. With around 23,000 residents, many of whom are college students, the community of Isla Vista has tremendous power to influence election results when they turn out to vote.

The October 13th debate, presented by KCSB News in association with The Bottom Line and The Daily Nexus, takes place in Isla Vista Theater 2, at 960 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista, CA, 93117. The debate begins at 7PM with a reception starting at 6:30PM. Admission is free, seating is on a first come-first serve basis. The debate will air live on 91.9 FM KCSB, which covers Santa Barbara County and portions of Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. Listeners can also tune-in online at www.kcsb.org.

In coming months, the Board of Supervisors is set to weigh-in on an array of important 3rd District issues, from Isla Vista’s self-governance efforts, to Chumash land and casino concerns and new winery regulations in the Santa Ynez Valley, to oil projects, and development along the Gaviota Coast. Doreen Farr, who has held the position of 3rd District Santa Barbara County Supervisor since 2008 is not running for re-election.

newsdebateindependent“I am looking forward to discussing the issues that are important to UCSB students and Isla Vista residents, including improving safety, enhancing community engagement, and providing essential services supporting children, families and students,” said candidate Joan Hartmann.

KCSB News, which produces a 5PM weekday newscast, has been covering
the 2016 elections since the June primaries. The KCSB News team, made up of student and volunteer reporters, have interviewed each of the candidates running to replace Lois Capps in the 24th Congressional District and 3rd District Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor candidates, as well as candidates running for board of director seats on the Isla Vista Recreation and Park District and the new Isla Vista Community Services District, should voters in November vote in favor of the self-governance ordinance, which would create the Community Services District.

About KCSB News
With a team of volunteer and student reporters, KCSB News is the largest radio news team in Santa Barbara County. The KCSB News is heard weeknights (Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri) at 5pm on 91.9 FM KCSB. Wednesdays at 5pm, KCSB News presents “Inside Isla Vista,” a 30-minute weekly talk show about all things Isla Vista. On the final Wednesday of the month, Inside Isla Vista is in Spanish language, providing an important community resource for Isla Vista’s Spanish speaking residents.

Non-commercial community radio KCSB offers sounds and perspectives from the Tri-Counties (Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo) and free year-round training to individuals and groups without other access to media resources. Both student and non-student volunteers learn to produce music, news, sports, cultural arts, and public affairs content airing 24/7/365 at 91.9 FM (www.kcsb.org). Most shows are produced locally, but KCSB hosts national and international programs too. Part of Associated Students at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), KCSB is financed by self-assessed student fees and listener support, and receives no money from the State or University.