After significant consideration, I have decided to no longer seek election to the office of sheriff. This decision is based, in part, that I believe at this point I would only stand to split the vote, thereby extending the election to November. Having this knowledge, I feel that if I were to remain in the electoral process, it would be financially and morally irresponsible to my supporters and the citizens of Santa Barbara County.

During this process I made many great partnerships and met with great people who are passionate about the safety and well being of Santa Barbara County. I am thankful for those interactions, and the friendships and professional relationships gained.

I am thankful for the positive interaction and professionalism displayed by Sheriff Bill Brown and Sergeant Sandra Brown during this process. Both are consummate professionals, and genuinely care about the safety of this county. Most of all, I wish to thank my peers from the local law enforcement community, as well as my family, who showed significant support and encouragement during this process.

Sincerely,

Ryan Smith