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Chris Bowyer

2020 Solvang City Council Candidate

My name is Chris Bowyer. I visited Solvang for the first time a couple years ago while I was consulting with a client. The moment I drove into our town, I fell in love. It reminded me so much of my hometown in Germany and of the Scandinavian countries that I’ve been fortunate to visit in my life. From the moment I saw Solvang for the first time, I knew I had found the place I wanted to call home. I made it a goal of mine to live here. Only two months later, I moved to the Santa Ynez Valley from Sacramento.


Before coming to Solvang, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years. During my time in, I deployed three times and found myself in Iraq, Eastern Africa, and many many other places. A few years after I completed my service, I began attending the University of Colorado in pursuit of Bachelor’s degree in English while simultaneously starting a career as a security professional. I founded a security company alongside two Green Beret friends where we focused on hiring veterans after they transitioned out of the military. That career is what brought me to our town initially and since then, I’ve worked in this area as a security consultant. I had even laid the foundation for a new firm right here in Solvang when the pandemic struck.


I believe that all decisions by our City Council should be made with the best interests at heart for every resident of Solvang - not just loudest or the most well-connected. We all know that community involvement plays a critical role in mental health, social justice and fiscal responsibility. Our community’s interests as a whole should always be the first priority of our government.


As a Solvang City Councilmember, I will embody the respect, dignity, and professionalism that all of you—my neighbors, my friends, my adopted home—deserve when you speak to your local government. I will protect what makes Solvang the enchanting home we all love, but I will also ensure that our City Council is dedicated to finding our future together.


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