Oxnard Mayoral Candidate Miguel Lopez kicks off campaign

By Dan Pinedo and George Miller

Dr. Miguel Lopez kicked off his campaign for Mayor in the election to recall and replace his opponent Mayor Flynn. Three other Council Members are also targeted in the 5-1-18 special election, masterminded by local financial executive and activist Aaron Starr. Lopez ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Tim Flynn for Mayor in 2016 in a spirited campaign.

Several people have remarked to us that this special election has much lower visibility and enthusiasm than the 2016 one. There were about 30 people, mostly faithful supporters, at this Riverpark event, in contrast to well over 100 who packed into his downtown campaign office over several hours at his 2016 kickoff. Aaron Starr had about 45 at a curious all comers invited candidate forum earlier this month.

Dr. Miguel Lopez, speaking at his 2-17-18 campaign kickoff. Photo: Dan Pinedo/CitizensJournal.us

Lopez has been highly critical of Flynn in several areas, from pivotal policy issues right down to how he runs meetings, but not on the signature issue of the recall campaign- wastewater rate increases. Nonetheless, he jumped on the recall bandwagon, which presents a a good opportunity for well-organized partisans to prevail in a typically light turnout special election.

He is competing with the defending incumbent Mayor Flynn, along with recall organizer Aaron Starr, longtime accountant and self-appointed city watchdog Lawrence (Larry) Paul Stein, Morey Navarro and perennial candidate Robert Lee Sumpter.

Lopez was formerly Oxnard Police Dept Community Affairs Manager and was heavily involved in often synergistic community affairs, where he was highly visible. He left to work for UCSB managing special projects and ended up with a new university gig down in LA, with a long daily commute.  Although Lopez lacks experience as an official or in business, he has impressive academic and police dept. communications experience,

After not being visible in public meetings for a long time, he started popping up again a couple of months ago. He made only vague hints to us at that time that he might run again. and only in response to questions.


From Lopez’s Facebook page:

As many of you know, we launched our campaign for Oxnard Mayor in the upcoming Special Election, on May 1, 2018. I’d like to thank my family, friends and supporters for all of your support. I am proud to share some highlights from our Campaign Launch today.

Vote to Recall Tim Flynn, and Vote Miguel Lopez for Mayor! PLEASE HELP US LIKE AND SHARE, and let’s win this! #TogetherWeWin #OxnardRecall#MiguelLopezForMayor #Vote


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Miguel Lopez added a new video: Miguel Lopez for Mayor Campaign Launch 2018.

For those who could not join us, please watch highlights from our Miguel Lopez for Mayor 2018 Launch!

Hope to see you at one of our future neighborhood events! Please help us like and share, and let’s win this! #OxnardRecall #Vote #MiguelLopezForMayor

Oxnard Special Election, May 1, 2018.
Vote to Recall Tim Flynn, and VOTE MIGUEL LOPEZ FOR MAYOR!

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/miguellopezforoxnard/

2016 campaign web site: Miguel Lopez For Mayor

2016 Campaign launch:  Miguel Lopez For Oxnard Mayor – YouTube

2016 video:  Miguel Lopez For Oxnard Mayor – YouTube

Original event announcement:

Lopez to announce candidacy and campaign for Mayor

Lopez to announce candidacy and campaign for Mayor

Dr. Miguel Lopez is proud to announce his candidacy for Oxnard Mayor in Oxnard’s Recall Election. The recall vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2018. He will be launching his campaign with a public kick-off rally Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Riverpark’s Central Park located at 3200 N. Oxnard Blvd.  The event is scheduled […]


Oxnard Special Recall Election Candidate Debate- 3-15-18

Oxnard Special Recall Election Candidate Debate- 3-15-18

Event Announcement BOXING THEME DEBATE- RECEPTION- CANDIDATE BOOTHS- ELECTION INTEGRITY- LOCAL DIGNITARIES- VIDEO ARCADE-FOOD-DRINK- 5:00- 8:30 pm March 15, 2018 An unprecedented stand-alone Oxnard Council recall election will be held on 5-1-18. We are “cueing” you in that the ad-hoc “Oxnard Revelations Association” is sponsoring and running an all-comers candidates’ debate on March 15, 2018, 5 pm at The Corner Pocket […]

Dan Pinedo is a Citizen Journalist/photographer residing in Oxnard

George Miller is Co-Founder/Publisher of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.

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