|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||Contact: Jennifer Christensen
|February 8, 2016||Phone: 805.722.9634|
First-Time Candidate Jennifer Christensen Emerges As Top Fundraiser in County
Santa Barbara, CA – County Investment Officer and first-time candidate Jennifer Christensen was able to raise more money overall than her opponent, Das Williams.
In the last half of 2015, Christensen raised $126,603, compared with $85,416 for Williams. Although there is some difficulty making the comparison due to Williams’ active fundraising for his Williams for Senate 2020 campaign, Christensen still raised more during the period than Williams did for both this Supervisor 2016 and Senate 2020 campaigns. The sources of their funding is perhaps more illustrative. Christensen’s is overwhelmingly from Santa Barbara families and local businesses, indicating she has strong local support and a message that is resonating with voters in the first supervisorial district in Santa Barbara County. By contrast, William’s transferred his 2014 Assembly campaign account funds to his supervisor’s race. Those funds derive largely from Sacramento and special interest groups.
“This is an unexpected turn of events in the race for Supervisor,” said former Santa Barbara Mayor Sheila Lodge. “Most people just assumed that the Assemblyman was the clear front runner. Jennifer Christensen’s fundraising report indicates she’s pulling in significant local support. That’s a game-changer. She has an impressive professional background, and her demonstrated dedication to Santa Barbara County is just what is needed.”
“Jennifer is a hard worker and she is smart,” said Dan Secord, Former Santa Barbara City Councilmember and California Coastal Commissioner. “She brings the exact qualities to the table that we need in a Supervisor. This is about what is best for our community. Clearly, the people of our county feel we deserve someone who actually cares about our concerns, and Jennifer is that person.”
Christensen was pleased with the results of her efforts so far. “I have an incredible team that works very well together. We are committed to the people of this community, and to providing an independent voice on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors,” said Christensen. “Being out in the community and talking to voters about their concerns for the county is inspiring me in this race.”
A fifth generation Californian, Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her Juris Doctorate and MBA from USC. She began her career in municipal finance with the Office of County Counsel, providing legal support to the Board of Supervisors as well as many county departments including Public Works, Sheriff, General Services and the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor.
Christensen currently manages a billion-dollar investment portfolio for the county, its schools and special districts, and also serves as Chair of the Board for the Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System. Over the course of a celebrated career that has spanned nearly 15 years, Jennifer has worked with, negotiated for, or counseled every department in the county. Jennifer also serves as Chair of the City of Santa Barbara’s Fire and Police Commission.
The wife of a retired deputy sheriff and Santa Barbara County native, Christensen understands the sacrifices made by those in uniform and their families; she will use her experience to work with local public safety officials and advocate for the safety of her constituents.
To learn more about Jennifer, visit: www.JenniferChristensen.org