This fall, one of the nation's most watched races for the United States Congress is taking place here on the California coast, when Rep. Lois Capps, a Democrat from Santa Barbara, faces off against challenger Abel Maldonado, a Republican from Santa Maria and the state's former Lieutenant Governor.
To get a better sense of where each candidate stands on the important issues facing the federal government, The Santa Barbara Independent and UC Santa Barbara’s Carsey-Wolf Center are presenting one of the only live public debates between Capps and Maldonado this election season. The forum will be held on the same day that absentee ballots are mailed out to voters.
Tickets are free, but must be reserved online in advance. A wine and cheese reception, sponsored by Pali Wine Co. and Jack's Bistro, will follow the event. Other co-sponsors include UCSB's Department of Political Science and Department of Communication.
The race for the 24th Congressional District has taken center stage as one of the most important races across the country, as Republicans try to grow their lead in the House of Representatives. Democrats, meanwhile, are pledging that the race to take back the House runs straight through the state of California.
The newly drawn 24th Congressional district encompasses San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, and a small stretch of Ventura County. Capps, currently the representative of the 23rd District, has been in the House of Representatives since 1998. Maldonado, a former mayor of Santa Maria as well as a State Senator and Assemblymember, most recently served as Lt. Gov. under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Moderating the event will be Professor John Woolley of UCSB's Department of Political Science and The Santa Barbara Independent's news reporter Chris Meagher. In addition to their inquiries, there will be a number of questions from UCSB students. According to both candidates, this will be one of the only times that each are on-stage, answering questions, in front of a live audience. For those unable to attend, the event will be streamed live on Independent.com and carseywolf.ucsb.edu; those sites will also offer an archive of the footage as well and TVSB will be replaying the debate frequently on Santa Barbara's community access channel.
Tickets for the debate are free, but seating in the Pollock Theater is limited and expected to sell out fast. A reception will follow for those in attendance at the Pollock Theater. There is also an overflow room to watch the debate live in UCSB's Buchanan Hall 1910 where a panel discussion with UCSB Political Science professors will immediately follow the debate.
Other Political Events
October 17, 6:30pm Eric R.A.N. Smith: The New World of Campaign Financing sponsored by UCSB Alumni Association
October 25, 4-6pm Special Forum on the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election sponsored by CITS
October 25, 7:00pm AT THE POLLOCK -- Jeff Greenfield: If You've Had Enough of the Food Fights: A Clear-Eyed Look at the Political Landscape...And Beyond
November 30, 12-1:30 Douglas Kellner: Media Spectical and the 2012 Elections sponsored by CITS