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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Santa Barbara Community College DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 2

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Robert K. Miller

Appointed Incumbent
6,765 votes (67.03%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Provide opportunities for affordable, quality education and training to everyone in our community, whether pursuing a path to a four-year college, improving vocational opportunities, enhancing life skills or seeking a GED.
  • Support the SBCC Promise program to guarantee free open access to all local high school students.
  • Continue SBCC's commitment to equity and individual student success.



Profession:Retired lawyer and legal mediator
Partner, Bowman and Brooke, LLP (1984–2015)
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Refugee Affairs, U.S. Department of State — Appointed position (1979–1979)


U. of Minnesota J.D. Degree, Law (1984)
Iowa State University B. S. Degree, History, Government, Economics (1968)


By a unanimous vote of the SBBC Board, I was appointed to fill a vacany of Goleta's representative on the Boartd.  If elected in November, I will complete the final two years of the prior Trustee's term.

I am a retired trial lawyer.  I practised with the same law firm for 31 years. Prior to law school, I served in the Peace Corps, worked as a Congressional assistant, managed a U.S. Senate campaign and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Refugee Affairs the U.S. Department of State.  

In 2015 I formed and led the Westside Goleta Coalition, which convinced the state not to build a CHP facility in a residential neighborhood.  Last year I was appointed to the Goleta Planning Commission.  Two years ago, I was elected president of my homeowners association.  In recent years I have also actively supported campaigns in support of the local environment. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Goleta City Council Member Kyle Richards

Organizations (4)

  • Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County
  • Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee
  • The Goodland Coalition for Goleta
  • Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County

Individuals (2)

  • Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte
  • Goleta City Council Member Stuart Kasdin

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My philosophy toward higher education is that our goal should be to provide universal education for everyone through the 14th grade.  We must provide opportunities for affordable, quality educaiton and training to everyone in our community, whether pursuing a path to a four-year collete, improving vocational opportunities, enhanbcing life skills or seeking a GED.

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