Santa Barbara area businessman Justin Fareed (R), who held freshman Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) to a 53-47% victory margin in their open seat campaign last November, announced late last week that he will return to the campaign trail for the 2018 election cycle. The 24th District, which includes all of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties with a small sliver of Ventura, is politically competitive but a seat where the Democratic candidate usually wins in a close election. Mr. Carbajal was a Santa Barbara County Supervisor before being elected to Congress. Veteran US Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) held the seat in various configurations before her retirement prior to the last election.
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