Lois Capps vs. Abel Maldonado

Candidates will debate about the future of the 24th Congressional District.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 7 p.m.

Where: Pollock Theater, UCSB, CA

Cost: Free

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Citizen's Alert


This fall, one of the nation's most watched races for the United States Congress is taking place here on the California coast, when Rep. Lois Capps, a Democrat from Santa Barbara, faces off against challenger Abel Maldonado, a Republican from Santa Maria and the state's former Lieutenant Governor. To get a better sense of where each candidate stands on the important issues facing the federal government, the Santa Barbara Independent and UC-Santa Barbara's Carsey-Wolf Center are presenting one of the only live public debates between Capps and Maldonado this election season. The forum will be on the same day that absentee ballots are mailed out to voters.

The race for the 24th Congressional District has taken center stage as one of the most important races across the country, as Republicans try to grow their lead in the House of Representatives. Democrats, meanwhile, are pledging that the race to take back the House runs straight through the state of California.

The newly drawn 24th Congressional district encompasses San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, and a small stretch of Ventura County. Capps, currently the representative of the 23rd District, has been in the House of Representatives since 1998. Maldonado, a former mayor of Santa Maria as well as a State Senator and Assemblymember, most recently served as Lt. Gov. under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Moderating the event will be Professor John Woolley, of UCSB's Department of Political Science, and Chris Meagher, news reporter for The Santa Barbara Independent. In addition to their inquiries, there will be a number of questions from UCSB students. This will be one of the only times during the campaign that both candidates are on-stage, answering questions, in front of a live audience.

For those unable to attend, the event will be streamed live on and; those sites will also offer an archive of the footage as well and TVSB will be replaying the debate frequently on Santa Barbara's community access channel.

Tickets for the debate are free, but seating is limited and expected to sell out fast. Visit to reserve your seat. There is also an overflow room in Buchanan Hall. A reception will follow for those in attendance at the Pollock Theater and a panel about the debate will also occur in Buchanan Hall. Contact The Santa Barbara Independent at 805-965-5205 or email

Phone: 805-965-5205

Event posted Sept. 27, 2012
Last updated Sept. 27, 2012


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