First Responders, Firefighters & Law Enforcement Back Bob Nelson for Supervisor

October 4, 2019

SANTA MARIA, Calif– The Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, and Santa Barbara County Fire Department – Local 2046 have both endorsed Bob Nelson’s campaign for Supervisor.

These public safety associations join a long list of public safety professionals endorsing Nelson, including former Probation Chief Beverly Taylor, former Fire Chief Eric Peterson and former Sheriff Jim Thomas.

Local 2046, Santa Barbara County’s representative for Safety Personnel within the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Carpentaria/Summerland Firefighters, has announced their endorsement of Bob Nelson in his bid for Santa Barbara Supervisor.

Nelson has also been endorsed by the Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. According to their website, the association “represents the more than 440 dedicated and professional members of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney Investigators.”

Bryan Fernandez, Local 2046 President, was enthusiastic about Nelson and his bid for Santa Barbara County Supervisor, “I can think of no better candidate for the 4th District County Supervisor than Bob Nelson. Throughout his time as District Chief, Bob has been a close friend and ally of ours and of public safety. He has proved his commitment to effectively lead our county and ensure that first responders are always taken care of.”

“Bob has always backed law enforcement,” said Deputy Sheriffs’ Association President Neil Gowing. “We have an ally and a friend in Bob Nelson and I know our more than 400 members will be given the respect and treatment they have earned.”

Santa Barbara’s Local 2046 protects the rights and working conditions of over 200 Firefighters, Firefighter Paramedics, Fire Engineer/Inspectors, Fire Captains, Fire Equipment Operators, Fire Equipment Operator-Assistants and Fire Equipment Operator-Supervisors throughout Santa Barbara County.

Founded in 1970, the Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association was first organized around officers seeking better pay and benefits. Today, the association represents members throughout the county and works on the behalf of members to advocate for their interests locally and across the state.

For the past seven years, Bob Nelson served as Peter Adam’s District Chief where he focused on providing constituent services, advising Supervisor Adam on numerous policy and budget decisions, and managing a number of supervisory offices and staff throughout Santa Barbara’s fourth supervisorial district.

Bob has called North County home since his family moved to Orcutt when he was five years old. He has served his community in nearly every way. Bob has taught high school, middle school, and special education programs throughout the county and has represented the community on numerous boards and committees.

Bob and his wife Jamie reside in Orcutt where they are raising their three teenagers. He is running for Santa Barbara County Supervisor in the 4th District.