The California secretary of state has another week to officially certify the June 7 primary election returns, but it appears Democrat Salud Carbajal will run against Republican Justin Fareed in the Nov. 8 election for the 24th District congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Lois Capps.
Although the state certification is pending, counties were required to certify their results and file them with the state by Friday. With those results now in, state Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, a Republican from San Luis Obispo, has been bumped from the November runoff election, where the top two vote-getters in the primary face off. Carbajal, a Santa Barbara County supervisor, handily took first place, but whether he would face Fareed or Achadjian remained uncertain while mail-in and provisional ballots continued to be counted.
The 24th District covers all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties and a portion of Ventura County. The results on Friday show Carbajal with 31.9 percent of the vote, Fareed with 20.5 percent, Achadjian with 18.1 percent, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider with 14.9 percent and five more candidates with single-digit returns.
Fareed, a Santa Barbara businessman generally considered more conservative than Achadjian, issued a victory statement earlier this week, saying he was “honored and humbled” by the support he received.
“I started this campaign with a vision to bring a voice back to Washington for the people and for the future of our nation,” Fareed said. “It is clear we have transformed that vision into a movement made up of thousands of individuals from all across the Central Coast, joining together in pursuit of bringing next-generation leadership and 21st century solutions to Congress.”
On Friday, Achadjian said he was still waiting for the secretary of state to certify the election results, but sent an email addressed to “Dear Friends” that his campaign manager said was a thank-you note and not a concession.
“My immediate impression of this country when I arrived as a young man to further my education was that the United States issues forth a spirit of democracy like no other nation in the world. I have been privileged to pursue the American Dream, to educate myself, to tackle the challenges of free enterprise, and to assume leadership roles in democratic systems for the past 18 years.
“To all my supporters, please know that I hold you dear and that I will always remember your enthusiasm for our shared pursuits. I am humbled to have earned your confidence and respect.
“My accomplishments only have meaning in the context of my family, who have given me their love and support. ... I thank all the candidates for the many conversations that we had which engaged the constituents of the 24th District this primary season.
“I will continue to serve the people of California’s 35th State Assembly District with all my energies until the last day of this legislative session.”