Let’s Give a Big Round of Applause to
All VCWPC Endorsed Candidates!

Win or lose, these exceptional women campaigned hard and absolutely earned our support and admiration for their tireless efforts in pursuit of elected office. We’re ecstatic that Julia Brownley prevailed in one of the closest congressional races in the country. Fran Pavley won a tough re-election fight in a newly drawn district against a well-financed opponent, Hannah-Beth Jackson handily won her Senate seat and first-time candidate Vianey Lopez was the top vote getter in her race for Hueneme School District.

All told, 11 of our 16 endorsed candidates were victorious. Our gratitude goes out to the VCWPC members and friends who helped carry our candidates to victory.

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 District – won
Sylvia Alejandra Lizama Oxnard Union HIgh School District – lost
Roseann Mikos* Moorpark City Council – won
Carmen Ramirez Oxnard Mayor – lost
Barbra Williamson* Simi Valley City Council – lost
Jacqui Irwin* Thousand Oaks City Council – won
Debbie Birenbaum Thousand Oaks City Council – lost
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

(will continue her term on Triunfo Sanitation District board)
* denotes incumbent

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Announcing our endorsed candidates
for the November 6 general election

The Ventura County Women’s Political Council is pleased to announce its slate of endorsed candidates for November.

These candidates are a wonderfully diverse group representing Democrats, Republicans, Independents, eight cities, first-time candidates and multi-term incumbents. They are seeking office for Congress, State Senate, special districts, school boards, city councils and a mayoral race.

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.

Please choose a candidate or two for your direct support and give a few hours of your time to their campaign, put up a yard sign or write a personal check.

26th Congressional District – Julia Brownley;(805) 330-1070; P.O. Box 2018,Thousand Oaks, CA 91377

27th State Senate District – Fran Pavley; (805) 370-5414; 33 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Unit C, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

19th State Senate District – Hannah-Beth Jackson; (805) 216-7362; P.O. Box 92010, Santa Barbara, CA 93190

Oxnard City Mayor - Carmen Ramirez; (805) 216-7362; 2081 N. Oxnard Blvd., #150, Oxnard, CA 93036

Moorpark City Council – Roseann Mikos; (805) 529-4828 ; 14371 E. Cambridge St., Moorpark, CA 93021

Simi Valley City Council – Barbra Williamson; (805) 231-2497; 2731 Erringer Rd., Unit 1, Simi Valley, CA  93065

Thousand Oaks City Council - Deborah Birenbaum
birenbaum4council@gmail.com; (805) 368-1934; 1005 Meadowcrest Street Newbury Park   CA  91320

Thousand Oaks City Council - Jacqui Irwin; (805) 358- 1268; 2516 Northpark Street, Thousand Oaks, 91362

Conejo Valley Unified School District - Betsy Connolly ; ; (805) 498-3638; 863 Calle Compo, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Hueneme School District - Vianey Lopez; (805) 204-7500; 3004 Jackson St. Oxnard, CA 93033

Ojai Unified School District - Linda Taylor; (805) 646 9892; 912 N Drown St, Ojai, CA 93023

Oxnard Union High School District - Sylvia Alejandra Lizama; (805) 445-8435; 5533 Butterfield Street, Camarillo, CA 93012

Santa Paula Unified School District - Christina “Tina” Urias; (805) 407-2738; 919 La Vuelta Pl, Santa Paula, CA 93060

Calleguas Municipal Water District - Janna Orkney; (818) 707-9906; P.O. Box 3072, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359

Rancho Simi Recreation & Parks District - Elaine Freeman; (805) 577-1274; 5837 Cochran Street, Simi Valley, C. 93063

Rancho Simi Recreation & Parks District - Kate O’Brien; (805) 501-3623 3460 Township Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93063

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The VCWPC Looks Back
at the June 5 Primary

Kudos are due to all of our VCWPC-endorsed candidates: Julia Brownley, 26th Congressional District; Fran Pavley, 27th State Senate District; Hannah-Beth Jackson, 19th State Senate District and Christy Weir, Board of Supervisors, District 1. Each woman ran a hard fought race and made our organization proud to call them our sisters. Their campaigns proved beyond a doubt that our endorsements were well placed.

Unfortunately, Independent candidate Christy Weir ended her run for office with the primary. Had dynamics remained what they were when she entered the race for District 1 Supervisor, we believe that she could have gone on to victory. The decision of the current supervisor to drop out of the Congressional race and reenter the Supervisor’s race changed the picture. We applaud Christy for her efforts. We are happy that she continues to serve as a valuable member of the Ventura City Council.

We are proud to announce that our other three endorsed candidates – Julia, Fran and Hannah-Beth – will continue on to the November 6 general election. Each faces a major challenge from their male counterpart.

The 26th Congressional District race in California is making headlines. For the first time in decades, Ventura County will have a good chance to enter the progressive column. Julia Brownley’s campaign has truly been a “boots on the ground” effort. Individual donations and thousands of phone calls from dedicated campaign volunteers led to her victory over three other Democrats and one Independent. Her opponent, State Senator Tony Strickland, has a huge war chest. One can only imagine the barrage of mailers that his campaign is waiting to let loose.

State Senator Fran Pavley finds herself in a more difficult position as she runs for the 27th State Senate district. Well known for her environmental victories as a state assemblywoman and state senator, with redistricting, she now faces a more conservative electorate. She and her opponent Republican Todd Zink (first time office seeker, deputy D.A., Lt. Col. who served in Afghanistan) were unchallenged.

Former Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson is in line to become our next State Senator for the 19th District. She outpolled her Democratic challenger and faces a runoff against Republican Mike Stoker, a former Santa Barbara County Supervisor. Even though it appears that Hannah-Beth has the votes to pull off a victory in November, candidates can never take anything for granted.

The VCWPC pledges our support to help Julia, Fran and Hannah-Beth win their respective races. Voter turnout for the primary was a paltry 25.08%. We are a pro-choice women’s political committee. Our job is cut out for us. We have five months. The clock is running!

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Announcing our Endorsed Candidates!

Julia Brownley (Congressional District 26)
PO Box 2018, Thousand Oaks, CA 91377
(805) 330-1070

Fran Pavley (Senate District 27)
PO Box 1833, Agoura Hills, CA 91376
(818) 921-6825

Hannah-Beth Jackson (Senate District 19)
P.O. Box 92010, Santa Barbara, CA 93190

Christy Weir (Ventura County Board of Supervisors, District 1)

For each candidate the VCWPC endorsement includes use of our name on campaign material, a financial donation and use of our current membership roster.

We encourage you to choose one (or more!) candidates and send a personal donation, volunteer to work on their campaign or provide names and contact information of friends and family within their district.

Or better yet, send an email, write a letter or post a message on Facebook to let your friends and family know that you are personally supporting these candidates and encourage them to do the same!

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Equal rights begin with equal representation

The Ventura County Women’s Political Council (VCWPC) promotes women’s participation in the political process to bring women’s perspectives to every issue. We recruit, train and support women who will advance public policy that provides for equal protection, well being and opportunity to prosper for all women.

Women currently hold less than a third of state and federal office. We need equal representation at all levels of government. Our goal is to create a culture in which elected women are the norm.

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