Indivisible Ventura’s Voting Guide for the 2020 Primary Election – March 3rd!

Note: this post will be periodically updated with new information!

Updates! Steyer – OUT! Buttigieg – OUT! Klobuchar – OUT!
“My dog ate my ballot” and other FAQs on voting in CA
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To save you time, if you’re looking for which Republican candidate to vote for, this is not the voting guide for you.

We at Indivisible Ventura don’t believe we have any more time to coddle those who feel that the answers to the problems of this new century lie in the bones of the last one. Or those who vote from fear or anger.

We believe in progress and in science. We believe in women, their sovereignty over their own bodies and their access to equal pay, paid family leave and access to child care. We believe in the separation of church and state. We believe that all Americans should have access to clean air, pure water, affordable, accessible healthcare, and a safe place to sleep. We believe in protecting our environment and our wildlife. We believe in our youth, their access to equally-funded education and higher education without crippling debt. We believe in helping our immigrants, our poor, and our homeless. We believe in the rights of workers and a living wage. We believe in strong gun laws to keep our communities safe and reexamining and removing laws that unfairly target members of our communities. We believe in the fundamental American value that all people are created equal. We believe that the American dream is worth fighting for. And right now, we’re doing it at the ballot box.

Wake the sleeping giant, the 91 million Americans who didn’t vote, and change America into a more just society.

Although Indivisible Ventura is not officially endorsing any particular candidate, we’ve pulled together endorsements from other groups we respect, for you to read and compare along with reference materials that mention all candidates.

Basic Information

IMPORTANT DATES and info!

  • February 18, 2020 – Last day to register to be on the roster at your polling place or to receive a Vote by Mail ballot. You can mail or walk in your registration form or register online at registertovote.ca.gov.
  • February 25, 2020 – 5:00 pm deadline –  Application for a Vote By Mail ballot by a registered voter must be RECEIVED in the Elections Division before this deadline.
  • March 3, 2020 – Election Day!
    Polls are open 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
  • Did you miss the Feb. 18th deadline? You can still vote! Go to your polling place (call (805) 654-2664 for address), or to the Elections Division at 800 S. Victoria Ave., and register and vote on Election Day until the polls close at 8:00 pm.

Check your voter registration status here.

  • CA Voter Guide from Secretary of State here.
  • Check if you are registered to vote. (if you just registered online, wait 24 hours to check status.)
  • Check where you are registered to vote.
  • Check your political party preference.
  • Check your language preference for election materials
  • Check the status of your vote-by-mail or provisional ballot.
  • Find your polling place.
  • Find information for upcoming local and state elections.
  • Find contact information for your county elections office.
  • Choose how you want to receive your state and county voter guides before each election.

Voting tips

  • Not all the people listed below are on your ballot. Use this form to find your specific ballot based on your address.
  • Remember: There are no points taken off for leaving a section blank. Vote for what you believe in and what you understand.
  • Too busy to research? Find a group that shares your mission or vision (you just read ours) and vote with them. We’ve collected endorsements to help you find your people.

Not all political mailers/flyers are created equal!

“When you control the mail, you control information.”
– Mail Carrier Newman on “Seinfeld”

Read this article from 2016 and start leafing through the blizzard of mailers you’re receiving – are they from the party they say they’re from, are they pay-to-play “slate” mailers, or are they from real volunteers?

Voter guides/ references/
information

  • FiveThirtyEight comparison here.
  • Sunrise movement: Presidential scorecard here
  • PNHP guide on how the candidates differ on healthcare here.
  • ACLU’s “Rights For All” campaign to get candidates on record regarding civil liberties here. Candidate tracker here.
  • Ballotpedia guide here.
  • Vote Smart here.
  • VCReporter reference guide here.
  • Politico’s presidential guide here.
  • Politico’s presidential endorsement tracker here.
  • NY Times endorsement digest here.
  • We’re asking 2020 Democrats where they stand on key issues (WAPO) here.

You can do this!

Sit down with a cup of coffee and run through this list, and you’ll be surprised at how confident you’ll feel filling out your ballot. And really, why should our husbands be the only ones to benefit from our hours of research?

(Note: If you are a candidate, and we left you off, or your very favorite-ist endorsement, or whatever, send a message to indivisibleventura@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to fix it. We are not actually professionals.)

Federal

President

  • IF ENOUGH PEOPLE VOTE FOR THEIR VALUES, OUR VALUES WILL GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE! IGNORE all those strident voices who warn you to vote “strategically” to assure that there’s a candidate who’s “strong” enough to evict Trump from the White House. Who is that? (This guy?) No one knows for sure. But we do know what happens in November when people aren’t happy with their candidate.

  • It’s easy to discourage voting. Even the idea that there is a “right vote” is offputting, implying that only those sufficiently “in the know” about the inner workings of politics can do it correctly. Don’t give people a good excuse to choose their couch over a voting booth.
  • “None of the candidates inspire me.” OK, if you’re looking for a firebrand and can’t find one, find the candidate that looks most  like a sensible administrator who can guide our country back to sanity. Someone who won’t start WWIII with a tweet from his toilet seat. Make peace with the imperfection of the candidates. For us here at Indivisible Ventura, the concept of a full-on meltdown of democracy inspires us every day.

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  • At the November election, we will ask everybody to take the Indivisible Pledge – to band together to drive our budding fascist dictator from office. But right now, here at the primaries, the right vote is from your heart and your personal values.
  • Start by thinking of three big things you would like a president to address or change, and vote for the candidate that comes closest to agreeing with you, using Politico’s awesome “views-on-the-issues” list here and Washington Post’s candidate quiz. Here are some ideas to get started…

why vote

Elizabeth Warren (D)

  • US Senator, Massachusetts
  • Politico Voter’s guide here.
  • Funding: here.
  • Sample endorsements below, complete endorsement list here.
Santa Barbara Women's Political comm WORKING FAMILY PARTY GUN SENSE CANDIDATE Common defense
BLACK WOMXN FOR Robert Reich, former Sec. of Labor. Raul Grijalva, US Rep. – AZ Rep. Deb Haaland, US Rep – NM
Ayanna Pressley, US Rep. – MA Katie Porter, US Rep. – CA Ady Barkan, healthcare activist and attorney American Federation of Teachers (MA)
LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS

Scorecard

Julián Castro, former candidate & US Sec. of Housing & Urban Dev. indivisible

NationalIndivisible.org

democracy for America

Joe Biden (D)

  • Former US Vice President
  • Politico Voter’s guide here.
  • Funding: here.
  • Sample endorsements below, complete endorsement list here.
GUN SENSE CANDIDATE IBEW NATIONAL INTER OF IRON WORKERS MICHIGAN BLACK CAUCUS
Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator – CA Doug Jones, U.S. Senator -AL Henry Cisneros, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State
Alex Padilla, Secretary of State of California (prev. endorsed Harris) Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, California Fred Guttenberg, anti-gun violence activist Khizr Khan, father of United States Army Captain Humayun Khan

Bernie Sanders (I)

  • US Senator, Vermont
  • Politico Voter’s guide here.
  • Funding: here
  • Sample endorsements below, complete endorsement list here and here.
California Young Democrats DSA1 GUN SENSE CANDIDATE NATIONAL NURSES
Sunrise movement physicians for progress UPTE Common defense
LA prog voter guide Pramila Jayapal, US Rep. – WA Rashida Tlaib, US Rep. – MI Ro Khanna – US Rep. – CA
MAKE THE ROAD ACTION Mark Pocan, U.S. Representative from WI Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, US Rep. NY Ilhan Omar, US Rep. – MN

democracy for America

Michael Bloomberg (D)(R)(I)($)(D)

  • Businessman
  • Politico Voter’s guide here.
  • Funding: here.
  • Sample endorsements below, complete endorsement list here.

Additional information:

Harley Rouda – US Rep – CA-48 Juan Vargas – US Rep – CA-51 Scott Peters – US Rep – CA-52 Lucy McBath, U.S. Rep –  GA-06
London Breed – Mayor of San Francisco Sam Liccardo -Mayor of San Jose Michael D. Tubbs Mayor of Stockton Mary Salas, Mayor Chula Vista,
Sam Donaldson, former ABC News Bobby Rush – U.S. Representative IL-01 (previously endorsed Kamala Harris) Gregory Meeks, U.S. Representative from NY-5  Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, California (previously endorsed Kamala Harris)
  • Political organizations: Alabama Democratic Conference
  • Legislator endorsements: See here. He is by 13 federal legislators, 9 state legislators, and over 100 mayors.
  • Unions: No endorsements listed.
    • See note above chart regarding his comments about the NY City Teacher’s Union.
  • Veterans: No endorsements listed.
  • Education: No endorsements listed.
    • “Like Trump, Bloomberg is a fervent backer of privatization and dismantling of ublic schools across the country. (the guardian)
  • Media: No endorsements listed.
    • “Bloomberg News will stop writing unsigned editorials and its reporters will avoid investigating the personal life and finances of its owner, Mike Bloomberg, as the news organization seeks to avoid conflicts of interest in covering Bloomberg’s newly announce candidacy for president.” (Wapo)(the Hill)
  • Environment:
  • Latino/Black Community: Endorsements from Latino politicians such as former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Pedro Pierluisi, a former Puerto Rican congressman, and El Paso Rep. César Blanco. See video above about his policies of funding urban campaigns. 

Tulsi Gabbard (D) 

  • US Rep. Hawaii.
  • Politico Voter’s guide here.
  • Funding: here
  • Sample endorsements below, complete endorsement list here.
GUN SENSE CANDIDATE Dennis John Kucinich  former mayor of Cleveland Mike Gravel, former U.S. Senator from Alaska (also Sanders) Ron Paul, former Representative from Texas
Gary Johnson, former Republican Governor of New Mexico Mike Gabbard, (R) Hawaii State Senator Kris Roberts, Former New Hampshire State Representative Blake Filippi Rhode Island House of Representatives
Bill Paparian, former mayor of Pasadena, California Our Revolution Broward County (co-endorsement with Bernie Sanders)
  • Political organizations: Our Revolution Broward County (co-endorsement with Bernie Sanders)
  • Legislator endorsements: In chart above.
  • Unions: No endorsements listed.
  • Veterans: No endorsements listed.
  • Education: No endorsements listed.
  • Media: No endorsements listed.
  • Environment:
  • Latino/Black Community: No endorsements listed.
  • Funding: 

House of Representatives Congress Member CA-24

VC Star report on three candidates here.

Salud Carbajal (D)

  • Age: 55
  • City of residence: Santa Barbara
  • Occupation: Congressman
  • Education: Master’s degree, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara
  • Funding: here
  • His GOP opponent, Andy Caldwell has appeared at public hearings in Santa Barbara speaking in favor of plans to drill 760 new oil wells in the Cat Canyon area. At campaign events he has been critical of Carbajal’s vote in favor of impeaching the president.
  • Sample of his endorsements below. Biography and awards here.
CADEM Ventura County Democratic Party Demo women of SB county Santa Barbara Women's Political comm
California Young Democrats Ventura County Young Democrats
Planned parenthood Cause action fund equality CA UFW
Brady VoteVets
sierra club Los padres chapter
CA Teachers association CA fed. of teachers SEIU 2015

Kenneth Young (I)

  • Age:  45
  • City of residence: Santa Barbara
  • Occupation: Civil engineer
  • Education: Master’s degree, San Jose State University
  • Funding:here
  • No endorsements found.

House of Representatives Congress Member CA-25

TWO VOTES need to be cast for this district: first, to elect a candidate to finish out Katie Hill’s term in the current congressional session, and then to elect a representative to start the next congressional session on Jan. 3, 2021. Voters will need to mark their chosen candidate TWICE for the current congressional session and the next session.

  • How the race to fill Katie Hill’s former seat will work – here.
  • Report on League of Women Voters candidate’s forum for CA-25 here.

Christy Smith (D)

  • City of residence: Santa Clarita
  • Occupation: California assemblywoman
  • LA Times endorsement article here.
  • Funding: here
  • Sample of her endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
  • She is endorsed by our tribe – Indivisible.
CADEM Ventura County Democratic Party democratic club of Ventura Ventura Co. Women's Political Council
SIMI VALLEY DEM STONEWALL DEMOCRATS Democratic Alliance for action santa clarita dem. party of san fernando
North valley dem Los Angeles dem. Party California Young Democrats San Fernando valley young dems
INDIVISIBLE Indivisible conejo Indivisible simi NATIONAL WOMEN'S CAUCUS
Planned parenthood NARAL NOW Emily's list
Brady human rights campaign equality CA Los Angeles Times
sierra club CA league of conservative voters LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS international warehouse-socal
Central Coast Labor Council IBEW LOCAL 40 UNITED STEEL 675 CWA
International Assoc. of Fire fighters CA fed. of teachers AFSCME SEIU CA
CA Teachers association CA SCHOOL EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS LIUNA LOCAL 300
LOCAL 761 PIPE FITTERS TEAMSTERS 399 TEAMSTERS 42 SOUTHWEST CARPENTERS
NATIONAL UNION OF HEALTH WORKERS Intern'' painters 36 Diane Kamala
Pelosi Julia Brownley Judy Chu SALUD CARBAJAL
HARLEY ROUDA Hakeem Adam brad
Leiu Karen Tony Howard dean
GAVIN NEWSOM Eleni Kounalakis Becerra TONY THURMOND
BETTY YEE Fiona Ma Rendon Leyva
Hannah Beth Henry Stern Monique limon JACQUI IRWIN

Cenk Uygur  (D)

  • City of residence: West Los Angeles
  • Occupation: Online news talk host
  • Funding: here
  • No endorsements found at this time.

David Rudnick (D)

  • City of residence: Lancaster
  • Occupation: Business owner
  • Funding:here
  • No cendorsements found at this time.

Robert Cooper III (D)

  • City of residence: Valencia
  • Occupation: University professor
  • Funding: here
  • No endorsements found at this time.

Getro Elize (D)

  • City of residence: Palmdale
  • Occupation: Patient resource worker
  • Funding: here
  • No endorsements found at this time.

Anibal Valdez-Ortega (D)

  • City of residence: Palmdale
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • Funding: here
Sunrise Claremont Colleges

Christopher Smith (D)

  • City of residence: Los Angeles
  • Occupation: Documentary filmmaker
  • Funding: here
  • No endorsements found at this time.

House of Representatives Congress Member CA-26 

VC Star report on three candidates for CA-26 here

Julia Brownley (D)

Incumbent – Ventura County Congresswoman CA-26

  • Age: 67
  • City of residence: Westlake Village
  • Occupation: Member of congress, 26th District
  • Funding: here
  • Sample of her endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
CADEM Ventura County Democratic Party democratic club of Ventura Ventura Co. Women's Political Council
Ventura County Young Democrats California Young Democrats dem. party of san fernando Los Angeles dem. Party
equality CA human rights campaign Cause action fund
Planned parenthood NATIONAL WOMEN'S CAUCUS NOW Emily's list
sierra club Los padres chapter Ocean Champions CA league of conservative voters
Oxnard Firefighters 1684 Ventura Co. Professional Firefighters SEIU 2015 calaborfed
PORAC CA fed. of teachers UFW Central Coast Labor Council
CA Teachers association

Robert Salas (D)

Retired Math Teacher

  • Age: 79
  • City of residence: Ojai
  • Occupation: Retired math teacher
  • Funding: here
  • No endorsements found at this time.

House of Representatives Congress Member CA-27

Judy Chu (D)

  • Age: 66
  • City of residence: –
  • Occupation: Incumbent Congress Member for CA-27
  • Education: California School of Professional Psychology
  • Funding: here
  • Sample of her endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
CADEM Los Angeles dem. Party STONEWALL DEMOCRATS California Young Democrats
NATIONAL WOMEN'S CAUCUS Planned parenthood NARAL equality CA
NOW UFW NATIONAL NURSES GUN SENSE CANDIDATE
NATIONAL UNION OF HEALTH WORKERS sierra club CA league of conservative voters UAW
TEAMSTERS 42 SEIU CA SOUTHWEST CARPENTERS CA fed. of teachers
calaborfed CA SCHOOL EMPLOYEES DOLORES HUERTA BETTY YEE

House of Representatives Congress Member CA-30 

Brad Sherman (D)

  • Age: –
  • City of residence: –
  • Occupation: Incumbent Congress Member for CA-27
  • Education: California School of Professional Psychology
  • Funding: here
  • Sample of his endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
CADEM Ventura County Democratic Party Ventura County Young Democrats dem. party of san fernando
North valley dem Los Angeles dem. Party
Los padres chapter

Raji Rab (D)

  • Age: –
  • City of residence: –
  • Occupation: Previoius owner of a flight school and airline.
  • Education: –
  • Funding: here
  • No endorsements found at this time.
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State

State Senate District 19

Ventura County Star report on District 19 here.

Monique Limón (D)

State Assemblymember

  • Age: 40
  • City of residence: Goleta
  • Occupation: State Assembly member
  • Sample of her endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
CADEM Ventura County Democratic Party democratic club of Ventura Ventura Co. Women's Political Council
CA Dem. Leg. Women's caucus WOMEN'S POLITICAL COMMITTEE LA Demo women of SB county Santa Barbara Women's Political comm
California's Women's list STONEWALL DEMOCRATS GOOD club California Young Democrats
Ventura County Young Democrats Planned parenthood NARAL Emily's list
Cause action fund equality CA CA LATINO LEG. CAUCUS fund her
sierra club Los padres chapter California Environmental Justice Alliance CA league of conservative voters
calaborfed California professional firefighters UFW SEIU CA
CA Teachers association IBEW LOCAL 413 international warehouse-socal Liana
Julia Brownley SALUD CARBAJAL Hannah Beth Henry Stern
JACQUI IRWIN Christy smith

Anastasia Stone (I)

  • Age: 36
  • City of residence: Santa Barbara
  • Occupation: Maternal health professional
  • No endorsements found at this time.

State Senate District 27

Henry Stern (D)

  • Age: 38
  • City of resident: Calabasas
  • Occupation: Incumbent State Senator for District 27, former environmental attorney
  • Education: Harvard University, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Sample of his endorsements below.
CADEM Ventura County Democratic Party STONEWALL DEMOCRATS California Young Democrats
Ventura County Young Democrats dem. party of san fernando North valley dem Democratic Alliance for action santa clarita
Leap forward sierra club Los padres chapter CA league of conservative voters
UFW CA fed. of teachers CA Teachers association

State Assembly Member District 37 (Ventura)

  • Ventura County Star report on League of Women Voters candidate’s forum for 37th Assembly District here.
  • League of Women Voters – State Assembly District 37 Candidate forum: Thurs, Feb. 6 at Balboa Middle School in Ventura. Video here.

Jonathan Abboud (D)

  • Age: 27
  • Residence: Isla Vista
  • Occupation: General manager of Isla Vista Community Services District
  • Education: Master’s degree in technology management from UC Santa Barbara
  • Sample of his endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
California Young Democrats UCSB campus dems Ventura County Young Democrats DSA1
SANTA BARBARA YOUNG DEMS UPTE Planned parenthood SB SUNRISE
Lorrie brown karen sher ruth luevanos HAL

Steve Bennett (D)

  • Age: 69
  • Residence: Ventura
  • Occupation: Ventura County supervisor
  • Education: Master’s degree in education from Butler University
  • Sample of his endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
sierra club Los padres chapter CA Teachers association Santa Barbara Independent
California professional firefighters Fiona Ma Linda parks 1 john zaragoza
TIM FLYNN JOHNY JOHNSON ERIK NASARENKO RYAN BLATZ
lynn edmunds Carmen Ramirez CHRISTY WEIR Velma lomax

Stephen Blum (D)

  • Age: 64
  • Residence: Ventura
  • Occupation: Teacher, attorney
  • Education: Law degree from Ventura School of Law
  • No endorsements found at this time.

Jason Dominguez (D)

  • Age: 51
  • Residence: Santa Barbara
  • Occupation: Director of New Civic Forum
  • Education: Law degree from UC Berkeley
  • Sample of his endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
Planned parenthood CA REAL ESTATE RYAN TOUSSANT HOLLY SIERRA
CLINT GARMAN OSCAR MADRIGAL MICHAEL BENNETT MANUEL MANARES
CARLOS JUAREZ bill heirick Jenny crosswright SHAWN TERRIS

Elsa Granados (D)

  • Age: 57
  • Residence: Santa Barbara
  • Occupation: Executive director of Standing Together to End Sexual Assault
  • Education: Master’s degree in public administration from San Francisco State University.
  • Sample of her endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
Santa Barbara Women's Political comm Demo women of SB county CA fed. of teachers Leap forward
Planned parenthood FREETHOUGHT evolve JOYCE DUDLEY
CECELIA FRED SHAW LAURA CAPPS DELAINE EASTON

Cathy Murillo (D)

  • Age: 58
  • Residence: Santa Barbara
  • Occupation: Mayor of Santa Barbara
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in dramatic arts from UC Santa Barbara
  • Sample of her endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
Ventura Co. Women's Political Council Cause action fund CA LATINO LEG. CAUCUS equality CA
California Environmental Justice Alliance CA fed. of teachers calaborfed Central Coast Labor Council
IBEW LOCAL 952 IBEW LOCAL 413 IRONWORKERS LOCAL 433 LIUNA LOCAL 200
Liuna laborer international BRICKLAYERS LOCAL 4 Sheet metal local 104 UA LOCAL 484
UDW AFSCME 3299 TEAMSTERS 42 TEAMSTERS 186
PLUMBERS LOCAL 114 Tri county Bldg and construction JACK O'CONNELL BETTY YEE
CONNIE LEYVA BRYANT MACDONALD JOHN GRIFFIN DOLORES HUERTA

State Assembly Member District 38 

  • Ventura County Star article on candidates here.
  • League of Women Voters – Assembly District 38 candidate forum:  Tuesday, February 11  at Simi Valley City Hall. Video from last 50 minutes of forum was recorded here.

Annie Cho (D)

  • Age: 60
  • City of residence: Porter Ranch
  • Occupation: Small business owner
  • Sample of her endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
democratic club of Ventura Ventura Co. Women's Political Council NATIONAL WOMEN'S CAUCUS WALA
DEM WOMEN'S COUNCIL CONEJO BETTY YEE Judy Chu JACQUI IRWIN
SANTA CLARITA THE SIGNAL DR. RICHARD PAN ROBERT HERTZBERG Kathy Long

Dina Cervantes (D)

  • Age: 38
  • City of residence: Granada Hills
  • Occupation: Education consultant/businesswoman
  • Sample of her endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
CA LATINO LEG. CAUCUS Latinas Lead TEAMSTERS 42 international warehouse-socal
NATIONAL NURSES TONY THURMOND BOB ARCHULETA LENA GONZALES
BEN ALLEN ROBERT GARCIA JOSE SOLACHE ADELE ANDRADE-STADLER

Kelvin Driscoll (D)

  • Age: 34
  • City of residence: Santa Clarita
  • Occupation: General Relief Program Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services
  • Sample of his endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
Amer. Fed municipal employees CA legislative Black Caucus Intern'' painters 36 Jim cooper
Christopher holden Reggie jones Sydney Kamlager Shirley weber
Janice Hahn PEGGY EDWARDS

Brandii Grace (D)

  • Age: 39
  • City of residence: Porter Ranch
  • Occupation: STEM educator
  • No endorsements found at this time.

State Assembly Member District 44 (Oxnard)

Ventura County Star article on race here and here.

Jacqueline (Jacqui) V. Irwin (D)

  • Age: 58
  • City of residence: Thousand Oaks
  • Occupation: State Assembly member
  • Sample of her endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
CADEM Ventura County Democratic Party Ventura Co. Women's Political Council Ventura County Young Democrats
STONEWALL DEMOCRATS California Young Democrats dem. party of san fernando Los Angeles dem. Party
WOMEN'S POLITICAL COMMITTEE LA Emily's list California's Women's list NATIONAL WOMEN'S CAUCUS
equality CA Planned parenthood CALIFORNIA RETIREES CPRS
sierra club Los padres chapter CA league of conservative voters CA Teachers association
CA fed. of teachers California professional firefighters CA STATE SHERIFF IBEW LOCAL 952
calaborfed SEIU 721 SEIU CA JERRY BROWN
KAMALA HARRIS Julia Brownley Steve Bennett Kathy Long
john zaragoza GREG TOTTEN GEOFF DEAN BRYANT MACDONALD
CHRISTY WEIR Carmen Ramirez ERIK NASARENKO Dr. Mark Lisagor

State Assembly Member District 45 (Encino)

Jesse Gabriel (D)

  • Sample of his endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
CADEM Ventura County Democratic Party dem. party of san fernando STONEWALL DEMOCRATS
BRAD SHERMAN DEM. JEWISH CAUCUS Ventura County Young Democrats WALA
Planned parenthood equality CA sierra club CA league of conservative voters
calaborfed CA Teachers association SEIU CA CALIFORNIA RETIREES
SOUTHWEST CARPENTERS California professional firefighters CA ASSOC. OF SCIENTISTS KAMALA HARRIS
GAVIN NEWSOM Fiona Ma ALEX PADILLA BETTY YEE
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County

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County Supervisor District 1

Ventura County Star article on fundraising here, candidates here.

Matt LaVere  (D)

  • Age: 41
  • Occupation: Mayor of Ventura, Principle of law firm, LaVere Huff LLP
  • Sample of his endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
Ventura County Democratic Party democratic club of Ventura GOOD club Ventura County Young Democrats
Cause action fund Courage CA Voter guide Liuna laborer international sierra club
Los padres chapter VCHP Central Coast Labor Council VC DEPUTY SHERIFFS
Ventura Co. Professional Firefighters CITY OF VENTURA OFFICER ASSOC. CIITY OF VENTURA POLICE Ventura Chamber
Oxnard Chamber SOUTHWEST CARPENTERS Tri county Bldg and construction IBEW LOCAL 952
SEIU 721 UFCE 770 john zaragoza ERIK NASARENKO
CHERYL HEITMAN Lorrie brown JIM FRIEDMAN JIM MONAHAN
CARL MOREHOUSE NEAL ANDREWS Dr. Manuel Lopez Velma lomax

Jeff Ketelsen

  • Age: ±58
  • Occupation: Hardware Clerk
  • No campaign website or endorsements found at this time.

Trevor Quirk (D)

See VC Reporter article here.

  • Age: 43
  • City of residence: Resident of Upper Ojai
  • Occupation: Attorney and Community activist
  • Because the date has passed for his name to appear on the ballot for the March 3 primary election, supporters will have to write in his name on the ballot.
  • Sample of his endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
Micheal Bradbury bill heirick SUZA MITCH VAUGHN

County Supervisor District 3

This is a hotly contested seat, pitting a great progressive candidate against a conservative incumbant who is well funded by oil and big agriculture.

  • Ventura County  Star article on fundraising here. A candidate Q & A here from the Camarillo Acorn.
  • League of Women Voters – County Supervisor District 3 forum: video pending.
  • League of Women Voters – County Supervisor District 3 forum: Thursday, February 20 at 7:00-9:00 pm at Palazzio Event Center, 814 E Main Street, Santa Paula, CA  93060.  Forum is FREE and open to the public; Help the League plan seating by sending an RSVP to t:  www.LwvVC.EventBrite.com

Kim Marra Stephenson (D)

  • Age: 50
  • City of residence:  Camarillo
  • Occupation: Teacher, Oxnard Union High School District
  • Education: BA, UCLA, Psychology with honors, PhD, Stanford University, Educational Psychology

Fact-checking her opponent/Related articles

  • Why is big oil pumping money into Ventura County’s board of supervisor elections? (Desertsun.com)
  • “Latino communities at risk  – The impact of Air Pollution from the Oil and Gas Industry” here.
  • Fact-checking Ventura County Supervisor Kelly Long here.
  • Fact-checking Kelly Long’s Voting Record for 2017 here.
  • Fact-checking – Mailing lies, bogus ads, misleading PAC, Oil money here.
  • “Oil money tries to buy supervisor races again” here.

Endorsements for Kim Marra Stephenson

  • Endorsement article here.
  • Sample of her endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
Ventura County Democratic Party democratic club of Ventura Ventura Co. Women's Political Council Ventura County Young Democrats
DEMOCRATIC OF CONEJO SIMI VALLEY DEM SANTA CLARA DEMS STONEWALL DEMOCRATS
DEM MOMS OF CAM GOOD club DSA1 Cause action fund
Courage CA Voter guide Planned parenthood sierra club Los padres chapter
SEIU 721 SEIU 2015 port hueneme police officers national notary
Ventura Co. Professional Firefighters Ventura Co. professional police oxnard federation of teachers united food workers 770
Julia Brownley Judy Chu Fiona Ma Hannah Beth
Christy smith Monique limon Linda parks 1 john zaragoza
Steve Bennett Kathy Long Maggie Kildee Dianne owens
Susan Santangelo Carmen Ramirez Dr. Manuel Lopez Vianey lopez
Gabriela lopez lynn edmunds gayle washburn Brian sipes
Jenny crosswright Mary Ann Krause murray rosenbluth ruth luevanos
Lorrie brown bill heirick jason hodge Dr. Manuel Lopez
Mike Teasdale Dr. Mark Lisagor Rob Collins Dr. Ramon Flores
Rachel Ulrich joshua Chancer bernardo perez Stephen blum
karen sher Robert Q Valles Denis O'leary Bob Rust

Kelly Long (R)

  • Age: 47
  • Occupation: Incumbent, Supervisor, District 3
  • Education: BS, CSU Long Beach, Mechanical Engineering

Kelly Long was endorsed by the Ventura GOP in 2016.“Keep Ventura County Working,” – story 

VC DEPUTY SHERIFFS V.C. AGRICULTURAL ASSOC. Camarillo Chamber Oxnard Chamber
Ventura Chamber Hueneme chamber Tri county Bldg and construction Southwerst carpenters 805
Liuna laborer international San Francisco 281 southern CA council of laborer southern CA council of laborer
Sheet metal local 104 INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS LINCOLN CLUB

County Supervisor District 5

  • Ventura County Star article on District 5 candidates here.
  • League of Women Voters – County Supervisor District 5 forum video here.

Carmen Ramirez (D)

  • Age: 71
  • City of residence:  Oxnard
  • Occupation: Mayor Pro-tem of Oxnard, attorney focusing on social security disability, consumer matters and immigration.
  • Education: Law degree, Loyola Law School

Related articles/Information

  • Why is big oil pumping money into Ventura County’s board of supervisor elections? (Desertsun.com)
  • “Latino communities at risk  – The impact of Air Pollution from the Oil and Gas Industry” here.
  • VC Star article on fundraising here.
  • Sample of endorsements below. Complete list of endorsements here.
CADEM Ventura County Democratic Party democratic club of Ventura Ventura County Young Democrats
Ventura Co. Women's Political Council GOOD club DSA1 SIMI VALLEY DEM
Cause action fund Courage CA Voter guide Latinas Lead DOLORES HUERTA
Planned parenthood sierra club Los padres chapter Julia Brownley
Hannah Beth Monique limon Christy smith JACQUI IRWIN
Henry Stern john zaragoza Kathy Long Dr. Manuel Lopez
karen sher JEFF BURGH

Veronica Robles Solis (D)

  • Age:  41
  • City of residence:  Oxnard
  • Occupation: Board member in the Oxnard School District; social worker
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in social work from UCLA
  • Biography here and interview from when she ran for the board of theOxnard School District.
  • No endorsements found at this time.

Tim Flynn (D)

  • Age: 61
  • City of residence:  Oxnard
  • Occupation: Mayor of Oxnard, retired high school teacher
  • Education: Master’s degree in international affairs from Catholic University of America
  • Biography here.
  • No endorsements found at this time.

Jesse Herrera, (D)

  • Age: 72
  • City of residence: Oxnard
  • Occupation: Marine clerk at the Port of Hueneme; commissioner Port of Hueneme
  • Education: Associate’s degree in business from Moorpark College
  • No campaign website or endorsement found at this time.
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Propositions – YES ON PROP. 13!

(From CBS 8) “Proposition 13 on the March ballot is creating some confusion among voters. It has the same number as Proposition 13 of 1978, but has nothing to do with the well-known constitutional amendment on property taxes. It instead is a request to authorize bonds to pay for school infrastructure. Separately, in November, voters will vote on a request by state leaders to modify Proposition 13 of 1978.

What is Proposition 13 (1978)? This constitutional amendment was passed by voters in 1978 and limits the tax rate for real estate. The proposition remains popular with homeowners who are concerned about property taxes.

What is Proposition 13 (2020)? Voters in March will decide whether to allow the state to borrow $15 billion for school infrastructure. The title reads “Authorizes Bonds for Facility Repair, Construction, and Modernization at Public Preschools, K–12 Schools, Community Colleges, and Universities” and the text does not include the word “tax.”

The word “tax” does appear in the argument against the proposition, which also draws a distinction between this Proposition 13 and the one from 1978: “Huge increases in property taxes are a near certainty. Who pays property taxes? We all do, either directly in property tax bills or through higher rents and other costs. Unlike the Prop. 13 from 1978, this Prop. 13 puts all taxpayers at risk of higher taxes,” wrote Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

Why are they both named “Proposition 13?” In 1998, California began “resetting” proposition numbers back to “1” every 10 years. The numbers were reset in 2018 and will reset again in 2028. (Indivisible Ventura thinks that “Prop. 13” should be retired…)

Is there a separate effort to repeal Proposition 13 (1978)? There is an initiative called “The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2020,” which qualified for the November ballot. If passed, it would reassess property values of commercial and industrial properties, except for those zoned as commercial agriculture, at their current rate rather than the assessments currently used under Proposition 13 (1978). It would not affect residential properties and is not connected to Proposition 13 (2020).”

Endorsements for YES on Prop. 13.

  • Los Angeles Times endorsement here.
  • Chico Enterprise endorsement here.
  • San Franscisco Chronical endorsement here.
  • It is endorsed by over 60 elected officials (here are those most applicable to our area, entire list here along with donors and contribution amounts.
CADEM Los Angeles dem. Party North valley dem dem. party of san fernando
League of Women Voters CA equality CA California Environmental Justice Alliance CA STATE UNIVER. TRUSTEES
Board of regents CA COM COLLEGE BOG COMMUNITY COLLEGE LEAGUE Association of school admin
CASBO CA school boards CA PTA CA RETIRED TEACHERS
CA school nurses CA COALITION PUBLIC EDU. CA superintendents CA fed. of teachers
CalChamber CA BUILDING INDUSTRY CA business roundtable CA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
GAVIN NEWSOM ALEX PADILLA Hannah Beth Monique limon
Henry Stern SF LEAGUE OF PISSED OFF VOTERS