Kyriaco sits on the city’s Political Engagement Commission and works in the county’s Human Resources department. He is well-known in political circles, having started as a staffer on Susan Rose’s run for 2nd District county supervisor in 1998 and has been involved in just about every election since. Most recently he managed Kyle Richard’s winning Goleta Council race in 2016.
Standing for office is something that’s been on his mind since the Refugio Oil Spill, Kyriaco said. “I was running at Ellwood,” he explained, “and I saw a sign for the wetlands, right by some homes, and when I got to the beach, I found another sign: ‘Closed’ because of the oil spill. I remember thinking, ‘We need to do something about this.’”
Unafraid of policy papers — Kyriaco is famously prepared when he has appeared before the council or on the commission — he sees a need for design standards to accompany the city’s general plan. He also sees a need for an overarching vision of Goleta: “We have an amazing university next to us, we’re the gateway to Gaviota, with all our hotels, visitors, and entrepreneurs,” he said. Why not become known for wide sidewalks, electric car recharging stations anyplace you drive, and simultaneous Spanish translation for both meetings and documents? he asked.