From the Santa Maria Times:
Calling for more affordable housing and better job opportunities, nonprofit development manager Gloria Soto announced her candidacy for the 3rd District City Council seat on Thursday.
A lifelong Santa Maria resident, Soto graduated from Pioneer Valley High School and Hancock College. She also earned a degree from Chapman University and currently works as development manager at Planned Parenthood.
The 29-year-old candidate spoke to a crowd of around 50 supporters at the Minami Community Center, becoming the first candidate to enter the 3rd District race. Incumbent Councilman Jack Boysen — who lives in the 3rd District — announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election.