Oxnard Mayor Flynn, Mayor Pro-Tem Ramirez Steamroll Opponents + Other Council Races

By George Miller

Mayor: Incumbent Tim Flynn (51.97%) once again crushed all opponents, including three time Council candidate and thorn in his side Aaron Starr (29.67%) and Mario Quintana. He has had to work overtime at it, as the Mayor only has a two-year term and he had the additional challenge of fending off a recall attempt in May, along with Mayor Pro-tem Ramirez and Councilmen Bert Perello and freshman Oscar Madrigal. The failed recall was initiated by Aaron Starr. Quintana doesn’t seem to be connecting with voters or campaigning in the others’ league.

Flynn seems immune from accountability for the City’s problems with crime, gangs, utilities, finance, business, traffic congestion and development during his lengthy tenure. But he is very popular, personable and on top of electoral issues. Now that he  has retired from the Oxnard High School District, he boasts that he is working as a full time Mayor. He favors a full-time Council.

Although the Mayor is elected at large, this is the first time the Council seats were contested in the new district election scheme….

District 1: Councilman Bert Perello (43.72%) easily held onto his seat against newcomers challenging him, including Kari Cryder (24.82%) and former Washington State Councilman Ken Oplinger (15.96%), who is President of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce. The  relatively unknown Ambrosio Casanova (14.89%) was very close, breathing down Oplinger’s neck. Perello, a retired postman and former Bernie Sanders national delegate, actually appears to be the most Conservative current Council Member, but is best known for his toughness on promoting transparency and anti-corruption. He often sends out emails on his pet issues to hundreds of people.

District 2: Incumbent Carmen Ramirez (57.95%) steamrolled political newcomer but longtime Senior Pastor Lance Ralson (32.89%) of Calvary Chapel Oxnard, which he claims is the second largest church in the city.  Ramirez, an activist attorney, has a large and well-organized following, drawing on some of the largest left-wing activist groups in the region, such as CAUSE and Democratic Socialists. She is  a prime driver of an activist Council agenda. Ralston was motivated to run by the City’s seemingly intractable problems and also cited his own church’s great difficulty, requiring two years just to obtain permits for a build-out of an existing building. He also operates a church school and even teaches there, in addition to ministering to many local residents. He was squeamish about engaging his strongest supporters- his church congregation. Tai Hartley, an administrator at Amgen, managed to garner 8+% of the vote even after dropping out.

District 3 & 4: Not contested this year.

District 5- Gabriela Basua (49.38%) dominated, showing the power of Latino support and endorsers. Elizabeth White, who has run previously and been absent from public life for a while, trailed considerably at 35.21%. Self-appointed Oxnard “watchdog” Lawrence (Larry) Paul Stein only drew 13%, surprising considering his excellent showing when he ran for Treasurer, leading until the provisional ballots were added in. Some say that the South Oxnard 5th District electorate views him differently than the city at large did. Also, he was formerly running on his long suit for Treasurer.

District 6- Vianey Lucia Lopez (36.76) came out on top of the new battleground carved out as the 6th District. It was a surprise that she finished ahead of the well-known Francine Castanon, a frequent and articulate public speaker and activist who has been on commissions and run for Council before (recall election).  Evidently, we have a lot learn about both Lopez and District 6. Interesting to note that she has the support of the Democratic Socialists and CAUSE. Carolina Gallardo-Magana trailed at 22.1% and Luis Garcia-Moreira at 8.62%

The turnout was horrible in the district. It is not known whether this is because of very poor civic participation, or a high number ineligible to vote, since districts are based upon residents and not eligible or registered voters.

Note that the results are not yet final and do not reflect all provisional and mail-in ballots). In Oxnard, they can and may change significantly. The city has a traditionally high percentage of provisional ballots that have swung elections significantly when finally included.

Vote totals SOURCE (keep checking back for updates)

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Mr Burum

When I click on your name a site opens that looks like a collection of billboards with Chinese or Japanese characters. No English at all.

Jeffrey Burum

Remarkably low number of votes for a city of 200k