Santa Maria Times: Nonprofit development manager Gloria Soto announces candidacy for Santa Maria City Council

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.

“If I’m your district representative, I will work to bring more tech companies like Mindbody — as well as businesses serving agriculture, tourism, engineering and aerospace — to our city,” Soto said, adding that it could encourage college-educated Santa Marians to return to the city.