Dems dominate Ventura County election races

By George Miller

Ventura County is a “blue” county now, in more ways than one, per an anonymous local Republican pundit who expressed unhappiness with the results. Yesterday’s primary election results show that is correct.

Official results: 

Ventura County votes HERE

Keep in mind that absentee and provisional ballots will change these numbers.

Voter turnout (may not be final)

 37.49 %


In Ventura County, Hillary Clinton  beat Bernie Sanders 53-45%, while Trump garnered 71%, to Kasich- 12%, Cruz- 9%. County Democrat total votes for President noted so far were 86 thousand to the Republicans’ 54 thousand votes cast. Third party votes were minuscule.

Top two in each of the following races, regardless of party, advance to the November ballot, per Proposition 14 rules…..

Democrats Kamela Harris (36%) and Laura Sanchez (21%) advance to the November US Senator for California ballot. No Republicans, or anyone else of the 34 candidates, for that matter, even exceeded single digit vote percentages.


In CD-26, incumbent Democrat Julia Brownley crushed Republican challenger Rafael Dagnesses, but both will be on the general election ballot. They were the only two running.

In CD-25 (most of Simi and north) 1st term incumbent Republican Steve Knight and Democrat Brian Caforio prevailed. Republican challenger Moffatt only received 1/7th of Knight’s vote total.

In CD-24 (portions of Ventura and north-west), Democrat Salud Carbajal substantially out-polled Republican Justin Donald Fareed, advancing both to the November ballot.

State Senate

District 27- Republican Steve Fazio easily (dry) cleaned the field with 37.5%. Joining him on the November ballot will be Democrat Henry Stern, who garnered 26.5% in the 6-person race.

District 19- incumbent Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson easily dominated her sole opponent Republican Colin Walch, with 63% of the total.

State Assembly

Dist 44- Incumbent Democrat Jacqui Irwin crushed Republican and only challenger Kerry Nelson with 60% of the vote.

Dist 38- Democrat Christy Smith bested Republican Dan Acosta 45-36%. Both move to the November ballot.
Dist 37- Democrat S. Monique Limón crushed her only opponent, Ed Fuller, 65-35%.
Ventura County Supervisors
District 1 Supervisor incumbent Democrat Steve Bennett won approximately 60-40 over Republican Challenger David Grau, of Ventura County Taxpayer Association.
District 3- Democrat Carla Castilla  (25%) and Republican Kelly Long (22%) will be on the ballot in this very competitive and supposedly “nonpartisan” contest.
District 5- Democrat incumbent John Zaragosa was unopposed, at 96% of the vote with 544 write-ins of others- we know not who.

State Proposition 50, on Suspension of Legislators, easily sailed though, with 3,756,183 votes, 75.3% of the statewide total.

MEASURE P – SANTA PAULA USD- yes, with 59.8% of vote

MEASURE Q – CUYAMA JOINT USD- yes with 93% of vote (14!)


Here’s the candidate list:

Primary season is ON! List of candidates on VC ballot here

Primary season is ON! List of candidates on VC ballot here
You may ignore politics, but politics won’t ignore you.” 2016 is a Presidential election year. Although California has one of the last primaries, it may be decisive in helping to determine which candidates are on the November ballot. In addition, many down-ticket positions are up for election this year, including US Senator, […]
See Candidates Corner section in the Citizens Journal. This is info/news on candidates.
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George Miller is Publisher of and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.

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