SACRAMENTO, CA – The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) has added Santa Barbara County to its membership, bringing the total number of RCRC member counties to thirty-eight. The RCRC Board of Directors approved the addition at their December 9, 2021 meeting. Supervisor Bob Nelson will serve as the Delegate on the RCRC Board of Directors representing Santa Barbara County.

“The voice of rural California is strengthened in its collective impact when we unite to advance the important and unique interests of our communities,” said RCRC Board Chair and Mono County Supervisor Stacy Corless. “We are excited to welcome Santa Barbara County as the newest member of RCRC and look forward to working together to promote the health and wellbeing of rural counties.”

“I’m honored to serve as the representative for Santa Barbara County, and I’ve long been aware of the great work that RCRC does on both the local and state levels. The values in our County, especially the North County, align with the principles of the organization. Our residents and businesses will benefit greatly from this relationship,” said Supervisor Nelson.

Founded in 1972, RCRC works with its membership to advocate on behalf of rural issues at the state and federal levels. RCRC provides the rural county perspective on a myriad of issues during the legislative and regulatory process, including land use, water and natural resources, housing, transportation, wildfire prevention and forest resiliency policies, and health and human services. The core of RCRC’s mission is to improve the ability of small, rural California county government to provide services by reducing the burden of state and federal mandates, and promoting a greater understanding among policy makers about the unique challenges that face California’s small population counties.

About Rural County Representatives Of California (Rcrc)

The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) is a thirty-eight member county strong service organization that champions policies on behalf of California’s rural counties. RCRC is dedicated to representing the collective unique interests of its membership, providing legislative and regulatory representation at the State and Federal levels, and providing responsible services for its members to enhance and protect the quality of life in rural California counties. To learn more about RCRC, visit and follow @RuralCounties on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.