Our list of endorsed candidates for the
June primary

We are honored to endorse these eight stellar candidates in the 2016 June primary. It gives us renewed hope for the democratic process that such intelligent women are willing to step up to ensure that we have quality elected leaders in all levels of government. It shows the importance of organizations, such as VCWPC, that encourage women of all ages to take leadership roles and run for political office by providing support through candidate training, workshops and mentoring programs.

Hillary Rodham Clinton
United States President






Julia Brownley
US Congress CA-26






Helene Schneider
US Congress CA-24






Hannah-Beth Jackson
California State Senate SD-19






S. Monique Limón
California Assembly, AD-37






Christy Smith
California Assembly, AD-38






Jacqui Irwin
California Assembly, AD-44






Carla Castilla
Ventura County Board of Supervisors, Dist. 3

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Candidate Training Workshops

Who Should Attend:
If you are thinking about running for public office, whether you are a first time candidate or have previously run, these training sessions will provide you with tools, strategies and mentors to mount a successful campaign.

Part One: Am I Ready to Run?
Saturday, February 20, 2016 • 9 a.m. – noon
Café on A, 438 So. A, Oxnard
Participants will take the first steps with the Running to Win Candidate Worksheet Series© and will:
• Be paired with mentors
• Review personalized obstacles and discuss how to overcome them
• Benefit from educational materials for a successful run for office

Part Two: What To Do Before You Announce
Saturday, April 2, 2016 • 8:30 a.m. – noon
Café on A, 438 So. A, Oxnard
Participants of the workshop will:
• Gain knowledge of filing and reporting requirements, budgets, staffing and outside resources
• Review essentials of outreach
• Benefit from in-depth materials on campaigning strategies, messaging, public appearances and more

Advance registration required To register: Registration is free

NOTE: Participation in VCWPC Candidate Workshops or Mentorship Program does not imply VCWPC endorsement of your candidacy. All women running for political office in Ventura County who seek endorsement by the Ventura County Women’s Political Council may apply for endorsement consideration through the standard process.

Individuals not personally planning to run for office are welcome to attend from 9:00 – 10:00 for networking and the keynote, before session participants pair off with mentors.

VCWPC ID #1338290
VCWPC is a multi-partisan organization whose objective is to achieve equality for all women. We encourage, recruit, train and support diverse women candidates who support the goals of VCWPC and will bring women’s perspectives to every issue, foremost including reproductive health; and social, educational, environmental and economic justice.

Political consultant Robyn Ritter Simon will be the keynote speaker and lead mentor for both dates. Robyn holds a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Communications from Pepperdine University and is a seasoned political advisor with 20-plus years experience in campaigning, fundraising and non profit management.

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Annual Membership Meeting and Special Program Featuring Kamala Harris

Special Guest Speaker
California Attorney General Kamala Harris

Also: “The Complexities of Governing”
with Oxnard Mayor Pro-Tem Carmen Ramirez and City Councilwomen Christy Weir – Ventura, Ginger Gherardi – Santa Paula, and Roseann Mikos – Moorpark

Saturday, January 23, 2016
1-4 p.m.
Pierpont Inn, 550 San Jon Road, Ventura

Lunch & Program
Members may come at 3 p.m. for business meeting (board elections) only at no cost.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Sponsors: Connie Baer, Martin Hernandez, Mary Rose, Angie Simpson
Betsy Bachman, Judy Bysshe, Carla Castilla, Ana Del Rio-Barba, Merle DiVita, Frances Gagola, Jameson Lingl, Kathy Long, Jovita Valdez

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General membership meeting & holiday party

Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Yolanda’s Restaurant
86 E. Daily Dr., Camarillo (Las Posas Plaza)

Light food, no-host bar.
Free to members, non members $10.


Members: You will be receiving a separate email with text for proposed bylaw changes to be voted on at this meeting.

We will also be voting on early endorsement and funding for Congresswoman Julia Brownley.

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Public Speaking Workshop

Public Speaking Workshop
with keynote speaker Robyn Ritter-Simon, RRS Political Strategies

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
VCCF Building, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo

Open to the Public • FREE • Refreshments
Register at:

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Join Us for Our Annual Garden Party

Saturday, August 22, 2015
1 – 4 p.m.
Home of Jeanette Sanchez-Palacios & Rene Sanchez
618 Skyline Rd., Ventura

Honoring Congresswoman Lois Capps

$30 members / $35 non-members


$100 “Ground breaker” (includes 1 free ticket)

$200 “Trailblazer” (includes 2 free tickets)

Will be recognized on the program, at the event and on VCWPC’s website.

To purchase tickets online, go here.

A leader in promoting and advocating on behalf of women’s issues

At our annual fundraiser, we will honor Congresswoman Capps and celebrate the recent successes of VCWPC at a festive garden party.

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Annual Meeting and Board Election

Join us for our yearly event

Special Guest Speaker:
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin

Saturday, March 14, 2015
1:00 p.m.
The Tower Club • Financial Plaza
300 E. Esplanade Drive, Suite 2200
Oxnard, CA 93006

Tickets: $30 members • $35 non-members
Program & light lunch

Limited Seating – RSVP by March 8
Buy your ticket online by clicking here
or mail your check to: VCWPC
P.O. Box 6603, Ventura CA 93006
Members who want to attend the election portion
only may come at 2:15 p.m. at no charge


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General Meeting & Holiday Party

Dec. 17, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Marie Callender’s
1295 Victoria Ave, Ventura

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Election Results for VCWPC Endorsed Candidates

We are happy to report that most of the VCWPC endorsed candidates were elected. All of these women worked hard and are to be congratulated on their efforts.

Thank you for all of your support! We know that our group and individual efforts made a difference!

U.S. Congress
Lois Capps, 24th District – Won
Julia Brownley, 26th District – Won

CA State Assembly
Jacqui Irwin, 44th District – Won

Oxnard Harbor District
Mary Anne Rooney – Won

City Council Races
Carmen Ramirez, Oxnard – Won
Ginger Gherardi, Santa Paula – Won
Barbra Williamson, Simi Valley – Lost

School Boards
Rachel Ulrich, Ventura County District – Won
Pat Phelps, Conejo Valley Unified – Won
Donna Branstrom, Hueneme Elementary – Lost
Darlene Bruno, Hueneme Elementary – Lost
Ana Del Rio Barba, Oxnard Elementary – Lost
Debra Cordes, Oxnard Elementary – Won
Veronica Robles Solis, Oxnard Elementary – Won
Beatriz Herrera, Oxnard Union High – Won
Karen Sher, Oxnard Union High – Won
Socorro Lopez-Hanson, Oxnard Union High – Lost

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Announcing our endorsed slate for the November 4 election

Each candidate completed our detailed endorsement application and was interviewed by members of the Political Action Committee before being recommended for endorsement. All of the endorsed candidates stated their agreement with our key issues – Social, Economic, Educational and Environmental Justice and Reproductive Health – as defined in our position papers.

Julia Brownley, Congressional District 26
Lois Capps, Congressional District 24
Jacqui Irwin, California State Assembly District 44
Carmen Ramirez, Oxnard City Council
Barbra Williamson, Simi Valley City Council
Ginger Gherardi, Santa Paula City Council
Mary Anne Rooney, Oxnard Harbor District
Rachel Ulrich, Ventura County Board of Education, District 1
Pat Phelps, Conejo Valley Unified School District Board
Donna Branstrom and Darlene Bruno, Hueneme Elementary School
District Board
Ana Del Rio Barba, Debra Cordes and Veronica Robles Solis, Oxnard Elementary School District Board
Beatriz Herrera, Karen Sher and Socorro Lopez-Hanson, Oxnard Union
High School District Board

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