Noozhawk: Councilwoman Cathy Murillo to Run for Santa Barbara Mayor

By Sam Goldman

Cathy Murillo, first elected to the City Council in 2011, is the first candidate to toss her hat into the ring for Santa Barbara’s mayoral election this November.

Murillo represents the City Council District 3, which encompasses the city’s Westside neighborhood.

“I’m running for mayor, I’m raising money, and I have been since late last year,” she told Noozhawk. “I want to continue the public service I’ve been doing, and take it to the next level.”

According to campaign finance statements, Murillo raised $12,438 in 2016, and brought over another $9,470 from her 2015 City Council campaign.

She said she’s raised more since then.

“For me, coming out strong with a campaign treasury was really important, which is why I started raising money last year,” she said.

Before joining the council, Murillo, a former journalist, was the news and public affairs director for KCSB, the community radio station at UC Santa Barbara.

Often the most reliable voice for the left on the City Council, Murillo frequently frames council issues around working-class residents’ needs and concerns.

“It’s really exciting,” she said. “It’s a job that really suits me, from being from journalism and all the research and writing that I did, really delving deep into government, and now being connected to the community and people and the business community. I think I’m perfect for the job.”

Should she win, the council would have to appoint someone to fill her seat.

Murillo said a formal campaign launch event is slated for March 4 at Mulligan’s Café and Bar at the Santa Barbara Golf Club.

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