Santa Maria Airport board candidates respond to noise complaints at forum

In an at times raucous forum at the OASIS Center Thursday night, three of the four candidates running for the Santa Maria Airport board of directors shared their goals and answered questions from the audience of about two dozen residents.

Each candidate started with a 10-minute opening statement, and as community members shared their concerns, the floor opened to a sometimes heated discussion about potential changes in how the airport operates.

In District 2, incumbent Hugh Rafferty is facing Nash Moreno. In District 4, incumbent Carl Engel and Michael B. Clayton are vying for election.