Santa Barbara County Supervisor Bob Nelson Announces Reelection Campaign

October 31, 2023
Contact: Ryan Gardiner

Orcutt, CA — Santa Barbara County Supervisor Bob Nelson today announced his campaign for reelection representing District 4 on the Board of Supervisors.

In announcing his campaign, Nelson stated “Over the past four years, we have been able to deliver meaningful results to Santa Barbara County residents on issues like public safety, homelessness, and affordability. While we still face significant challenges in these areas, I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish, working together.” Nelson went on to add, “I am eager to continue working on behalf of our community. In these challenging times, having experienced, community-oriented leadership in local government is key to helping our communities thrive.”

Nelson is announcing his campaign with early endorsements from community leaders and organizations, including the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau, Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff’s’ Association, Santa Barbara County FireFighters Association, retired north county Supervisors Brooks Firestone and Peter Adam and current north county Supervisor Stave Lavagnino.

Nelson was raised in Orcutt and is a graduate of Righetti High School. He began his career teaching business education classes at Pioneer Valley and Righetti High Schools, while also coaching water polo and swimming. In 2003, Nelson was named Teacher of the Year by the Santa Maria Sun.

In 2013, Nelson transitioned from the classroom to public service, accepting a position as Chief of Staff for 4th District Supervisor Peter Adam. In that role, he helped guide county policy and provide constituent services for nearly seven years.

Nelson was elected to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors in 2020. While serving on the board, Nelson has successfully advocated for additional funding for law enforcement and first responders. His efforts have led to progress towards an integrated public safety dispatch and ambulance service and the funding of the first ever North County Community Resource Deputy. Nelson has also been a vocal advocate for fiscal responsibility. He led the charge for increased reserves and a balanced budget, while also making significant investments in road repairs and paying down pension liability. Faced with a growing statewide homelessness crisis, Nelson has been a regional leader on the issue, championing the largest temporary housing project with wraparound services and treatment in the County, scheduled to open in Santa Maria this December. As a representative of much of Santa Barbara County’s agricultural areas, Nelson has also been a fierce defender of family farms and the local agriculture industry.

Bob and his wife, Jamie, live in Orcutt with their three children, Andrew, Avery, and Zeke. He is running for a second term on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, representing the 4th District communities of Orcutt, Los Alamos, Vandenberg Village, Vandenberg Space Force Base, Casmalia, Mission Hills, south and east Santa Maria, as well as Garey, Sisquoc and Tepusquet.

To learn more about Nelson, and his campaign for reelection, please visit