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Jeff Oshins announces run for Congress 

Oshins says priorities include bringing federal dollars to the district, job creation, the environment

–Democrat Jeff Oshins, a homeland security consultant and longtime Central Coast resident, entered the growing field of candidates seeking to replace the retiring Representative Lois Capps.

Jeff Oshins.

Jeff Oshins.

“I am entering the race because I believe my background as a senior staff member of the U.S. Congress and a grant writer qualifies me to be an effective representative of the people of the Central Coast,” Oshins said. “My top priorities are constituent services, bringing federal dollars into the district, security and emergency services, job creation, and the environment.”

Oshins’s family has been in California since the 1880s and on the Central Coast permanently since early 1970s. Oshins is a graduate of the American International School of Vienna, the University of California Santa Barbara, and the Colleges of Law.

In his spare time, Oshins composes and records music under the name Apokaful. He is the author of four published novels and one-non-fiction about a trip he took overland from Santa Barbara to Chile and back. He is the founder of the online literary sharing services site Oshins has one son, Leland, a middle-school science teacher in the Bay Area.

He is running for the seat that Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) will leave vacant for the 24th Congressional District, which encompasses Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, and part of Ventura County.

Also running for the seat: Democrat Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Republican Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, Republican Justin Fareed, Republican Tyler Gross, Democrat Salud Carbajal, and Democrat William Ostrander.

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