Meet Salud

Salud Carbajal has a proven track record building a stronger Central Coast. He’s running for Congress to continue fighting for opportunity and security for middle-class families and protect the unique communities of our region.

Salud and his family lived in a small copper mining town in Arizona. His father worked in the mines while his mother maintained their home for their eight children. When the mine closed, the family moved to Oxnard where Salud’s father found work in the fields. Attending junior high and high school in Oxnard, Salud applied himself and focused on his education.

Salud earned his Bachelors degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Masters degree in Organizational Management from the Fielding University. He served eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, including active duty service during the 1991 Gulf War.

In 2004, Salud was elected to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. In his tenure, he has demonstrated a commitment to protecting our environment, promoting sustainability, strengthening our schools, and enhancing the health and safety of our community.

A leader in protecting our scenic views and open spaces, he’s stood up against developments on the Gaviota Coast that threatened preservation efforts and has opposed new offshore oil development along our coastline. Salud has worked to implement a Climate Action Plan for Santa Barbara county and made solar energy an affordable efficient option for homeowners. He has promoted innovative solutions to addressing environmental stewardship and sustainability and advocating for job creation in this emerging industry.

Drawing upon his own childhood experiences growing up in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood, Salud shares a passion for improving the lives of at-risk youth. He found innovative ways to strengthen our schools by creating a job skills and mentorship program for at-risk youth and providing summer programming for our kids.

He has been an advocate for health programs that help our children and seniors receive the care they need, co-sponsoring an initiative that provided health insurance for all of Santa Barbara county’s children.

Salud is married to his wife, Gina and has two children, Natasha and Michael.

Salud has served on a number of national and regional committees focusing on climate change, children and families, and senior issues. He has been awarded for his leadership by a number of organizations.

  • 2014 Community Environmental Council Environmental Hero
  • Area Agency on Aging 2009 Public Official of the Year
  • 2008 Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties “Sticking His Neck Out” award
  • 2008 Santa Barbara Jewish Federation Ambassador of Freedom Award
  • 2008 Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber Elected Official of the Year
  • Named a “Community Role Model” by Women’s Economic Ventures