The League of Women Voters of Ventura County is hosting several candidate town hall forums throughout this month. Attend these forums to find out more about the candidates who are running locally and be an informed voter! Visit their website for more information about the 2018 elections.
2018 Endorsed Candidates
Hillary Rodham Clinton, US President www.hillaryclinton.com lost
Kamala Harris, US Senate kamalaharris.org, won
Julia Brownley *, US Congress CA-26 http://juliabrownley.com won
Hannah-Beth Jackson *, CA State Senate, SD-19 www.hannah-bethjackson.com won
S. Monique Limón, CA Assembly, AD-37 www.limonforassembly.com won
Christy Smith, CA Assembly, AD-38 www.christysmithforassembly.com lost
Jacqui Irwin *, CA Assembly, AD-44 www.JacquiIrwin.com won
Carla Castilla, Ventura Co. Board of Sup, Dist 3 www.CarlaCastilla.com lost
Peggy Buckles *, Conejo Valley Unified School District http://www.peggybucklesforschoolboard.com/ lost
Betsy Connolly *, Conejo Valley Unified School District http://www.electbetsyconnolly.com/ won
Vianey Lopez *, Hueneme Elementary School District https://lopezforhuenemeschooldistrict.com/ won
Tiffany Lopez, Oxnard City Clerk http://lopezforclerk.com/ lost
Genevieve Flores-Haro, Oxnard City Council http://genevievefloresharo.com/ lost
Laura Gallardo, Oxnard Harbor Commission email@example.com lost
Ruby Durias, Oxnard School District Area 1 https://www.facebook.com/drrubyelect lost
Veronica Diaz, Oxnard School District, Area 4 V.D.F@outlook.com
Roseann Mikos *, Moorpark City Council http://www.roseann-mikos.org/ won
Christina Urias *, Santa Paula Unified School District http://www.vote-4-tina-urias.com/ won
Anne La Fianza, Thousand Oaks City Council http://annelafianzafortocouncil.com/ lost
Lorrie Brown, Ventura City Council http://www.lorriebrownforventura.com/ lost
Cheryl Heitmann *, Ventura City Council http://re-electcherylheitmann.com/ won
Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios, Ventura City Council http://www.jsp4ventura.com/ lost
Jackie Moran, Ventura Unified School District http://jackiemoran.net/ won
Sabrena Rodriguez, Ventura Unified School District http://www.sabrenarodriguez.com/home won
Julia Brownley*, 26th Congressional District won
Lois Capps*, 24th Congressional District won
Jacqui Irwin, 44th District California State Assembly won
Mary Anne Rooney, Oxnard Harbor District won
Carmen Ramirez, Oxnard City Council won
Ginger Gherardi, Santa Paula City Council won
Barbra Williamson, Simi Valley City Council lost
Rachel Ulrich, Ventura County Board of Education, District 1 won
Pat Phelps, Conejo Valley Unified School District Board won
Donna Branstrom Hueneme Elementary School District Board
Darlene Bruno, Hueneme Elementary School District Board
Ana Del Rio Barba*, Oxnard Elementary School District Board
Debra Cordes Oxnard Elementary School District Board
Veronica Robles Solis, Oxnard Elementary School District Board
Beatriz Herrera Oxnard Union High School District Board
Karen Sher Oxnard Union High School District Board won
Socorro Lopez-Hanson, Oxnard Union High School District Board
Lorrie Brown, Ventura City Council (Nov. 2013) lost
Jo Ann Olivares, Oxnard City Council (Apr. 2013) lost
Julia Brownley 26th Congressional District won
Hannah-Beth Jackson 19th Senate District won
Fran Pavley* 27th Senate District won
Betsy Connolly* Conejo Valley Unified won
Linda Taylor* Ojai Unified won
Christina Urias Santa Paula Unified won (previously elected to SP High School Board which is being replaced by the Unified School district) Vianey Lopez Port Hueneme School Board won
Sylvia Alejandra Lizama Oxnard Union HIgh School District lost (came in 3rd of 4 candidates – top 2 elected)
Roseann Mikos* Moorpark City Council won
Carmen Ramirez Oxnard Mayor lost (came in 2nd of 4 candidates – will continue her term on City Council)
Barbra Willilamson* Simi Valley City Council lost (came in 3rd of 7 candidates – top 2 elected)
Jacqui Irwin* Thousand Oaks City Council won
Debbie Birenbaum Thousand Oaks City Council lost (came in 6th of 9 candidates – top 2 elected)
Kate O’Brien* Rancho Simi Recreation & Parks District won
Elaine Freeman* Rancho Simi Recreation & Parks District won
Janna Orkney Calleguas Muni Water District Div 2 lost (came in 2nd of 4 candidates – will continue her term on Triunfo Sanitation Dist board) Christy Weir Ventura County Supervisor, Dist. 1 (lost in April primary – will continue her term on Ventura City Council)
Christy Weir* Ventura City Council won
Cheryl Heitmann Ventura City Council won
* denotes incumbent
Congratulations on your decision to run for public office!
The Ventura County Women’s Political Council, an independent, multi-partisan organization dedicated to supporting pro-choice women candidates running for elected office, is accepting applications for consideration of endorsement in the November 6, 2018 general election.
VCWPC has adopted a new endorsement process for qualified candidates that consists of a candidate application, participation in a Candidate Town Hall Meeting, and a PAC recommendation for endorsement to the VCWPC Board. The board will vote on final endorsements following the Town Hall Meeting.
If you would like to be considered for endorsement, email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 25, 2018. The application may also be mailed to PO Box 6603, Ventura, CA 93006, but we highly recommend you email it.
If you are a first-time candidate running and seeking the organization’s endorsement, please fill out our VCWPC Candidate Application, scan it, and email it back to: VCWPCouncil@gmail.com.
If you are an incumbent and would like to be considered for re-endorsement in the November 2018 election, please email your completed VCWPC Incumbent Endorsement Application as soon as possible.
Application Deadline: August 25, 2018
Candidate Town Hall Meetings with Members August 29 and August 30, 2018 from 5pm – 9pm. You will be invited to address members at the Town Hall Meeting on one of those dates.
VCWPC Board Meeting to Vote on Endorsements: Sept. 4, 2018
Notice: A brief General Meeting will be held at the beginning of this event for the purpose of ratifying the following proposed addition to the Bylaws. This will allow an officer to take a leave of absence without resigning from her office on the Executive Board. The proposed amendment is shown in red.
Traveling Membership Meeting
Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:00 am – Noon
Address given upon RSVP
Meet with VCWPC President Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios and other board members, get to know other members in your area, hear about VCWPC goals, share your thoughts and concerns and learn how you can become more involved.
Non-members welcome, too!
RSVP at email@example.com
Leading From Wherever You Are
A Talk by Kathleen Schafer
Sunday, October 15, 2017
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Ojai, Art Center, 113. S. Montgomery St., Ojai
This event is for those eager to explore the depth of their power to create change in their lives, communities, and the world,and to understand how to start living their leadership now.
Tickets $15 General; $10 Students and Seniors (62+)
To pre-purchase tickets:
VCWPC, NOW Ojai Chapter, LWV Ventura Co.
Note: Date Change
General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Marie Callender’s Restaurant, 1295 So. Victoria Ave., Ventura
This is a Members Only Meeting
(You can join/renew at the door)
1. Vote on early endorsement for Congresswoman Julia Brownley
and donation to her reelection campaign.
2. Discussion on VCWPC endorsement guideline updates that have been recommended by our political action committee. Final Endorsement Guideline draft will be presented to the membership for ratification at the November 8, 2017 general membership meeting.
As always, there is no cost to attend a General Membership Business Meeting.
Members are also welcome to sit in on the executive board meeting preceding the general member’s meeting.