First published in Noozhawk on June 13, 2022.
Touting his record over the last four years, Goleta City Councilman James Kyriaco announced his campaign for re-election on Monday.
Kyriaco, an analyst for Santa Barbara County and a former nonprofit organization executive, was elected in 2018.
“I’m seeking re-election to continue our efforts to keep Goleta a healthy, safe and fiscally sound city,” he said. “I am committed to continuing to prioritize protecting our environment, providing resources for children and families, and being responsive to community input.”
Kyriaco is running for the newly configured District 2, which includes Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, Old Town Goleta and Cabrillo Business Park.
In a news release, he cited the completion of Jonny D. Wallis Park and the new Armitos Park community garden in Old Town, his work to secure $3 million for the Goleta Valley Community Center and improvements to Old Town parking and sidewalks.
Kyriaco has also pushed for greater child care programs for working parents.
“I’m confident that by working collaboratively with my colleagues, we will launch an Old Town Visioning Process, add new bike lanes and parking on Hollister Avenue, and complete traffic improvements that will make it easier to get to and from the (Santa Barbara) Airport,” he said.
“And we will make real progress in making housing and child care more affordable for working families.”
Also seeking re-election is City Councilman Roger Aceves, who is running to represent District 1. In addition, the City of Goleta has proposed a 1% sales tax increase for the Nov. 8 ballot.
Kyriaco, a Santa Barbara High School and Antioch University Santa Barbara alumnus, earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from CSU Northridge. He and his wife, Angie, are 12-year residents of Goleta.