Supervisor’s Race Heats Up With Endorsements

In the race to fill the vacancy in District 3 by retiring Supervisor Kathy Long two candidates have received endorsements.

Santa Paula Mayor Martin Hernandez receives support of Fillmore’s mayor and Fire Chief

Fillmore Mayor Diane McCall, Councilman Manuel Minjares, and Fire Chief Keith Gurrola hosted an event at the Martin Hernandez mobile campaign office this past Saturday, April 9.  The campaign for Ventura County Supervisor, Third District is beginning to heat up and the political leadership in Fillmore wants to make sure that their constituents in Fillmore get a chance to meet Santa Paula Mayor and Chief of Staff to the current Third District Supervisor – Martin Hernandez.

“It’s important that the constituents of the City of Fillmore have an opportunity to meet Martin and learn about his platform and his vision for the region because I believe he is the only choice for the residents of this Valley,” said Fillmore Mayor Diane McCall.  “The fact that Martin is willing to bring his campaign to the constituents and engage them at their front door speaks to what kind of Supervisor he will be,” McCall added.

Martin Hernandez has made a promise to the voters that he will always be transparent, committed and solution- oriented when it comes to the constituents of Ventura County.  He understands that the third district is diverse and that there is not a one size fits all approach when it comes to the cities and unincorporated needs as it relates to the County.    

“Fillmore like so many cities within the third district has issues that are specific to them.   We need a supervisor that understands this and will work with the local elected leaders to find solutions,” said Councilman Manuel Minjares.  “Martin Hernandez has a proven and winning record when it comes to public safety issues. This is why he has so many local city public safety officials as advocates for his campaign,” said Fire Chief Keith Gurrola.  

Martin Hernandez, son of a migrant farm worker, was born in Port Hueneme and raised in Ventura County. His father worked in fields of Ventura County his entire life. Hernandez is a Veteran and served in the United States Air Force. Currently, he serves as Chief of Staff to Third District Supervisor, Kathy Long. Hernandez joined the Supervisor’s office in 2001 and has been Chief of Staff since 2010. He has dedicated his career to Public Service and has built long-term trusting alliances both, within County Government and in the field with Community, Government, Union and Business leaders throughout the district. He is committed to making sure the people of Ventura County have a voice. Martin is currently the Mayor of Santa Paula, where he was elected with an overwhelming vote in 2012.

Hernandez is the only candidate in the race for the Third District that calls the Santa Clarita River Valley home.

Carla Castilla – The Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association (VCDSA)

The Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association (VCDSA) has announced their support of Carla Castilla for 3rd District Supervisor. The Castilla campaign continues to build a diverse coalition of Teachers, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, and Ventura County leaders, adding to her growing list of supporters in her bid to succeed retiring member Kathy Long in the 3rd Supervisorial District.

“The VCDSA has evaluated the candidates and we are convinced Carla is the best person to continue the legacy of leadership of retiring Supervisor Kathy Long, who has served the County with distinction,” said Investigator Scott Peterson, VCDSA President. “On behalf of our members, we are proud to endorse Carla.  Her extensive legislative experience, thorough knowledge of policy and proven leadership in the community shows she is the most qualified candidate who will be ready to do the job on day one.  Carla has a passion for service and strong commitment to civic duty, and she will help protect the high quality of life that all County citizens have a right to enjoy.”

The VCDSA is composed of over 1,000 active and retired sworn law enforcement personnel of both the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. In the 3rd Supervisorial District, VCDSA members provide police services to the Cites of Camarillo and Fillmore, plus the unincorporated areas of the county.  VCDSA members also include Deputy Sheriff Trainees, Provisional Deputy Sheriffs, and Reserve Deputies.

“I am honored to have the support of the VCDSA’s members,” said Castilla. “Public safety and maintaining safe neighborhoods is a top priority for me. I am proud to partner with the VCDSA to focus on keeping Ventura County a safe place to live and raise children.”

Carla Castilla currently serves as the District Director for State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. She previously worked as a representative to Congresswoman Lois Capps and as an aide in the White House under the Clinton Administration. She is a former member of the Ventura County Workforce Development Board, and she has a long history of involvement with local non-profit and community groups, especially those that focus on education, civic engagement, and the empowerment of women.

Carla has worked on a wide range of issues such as the recently passed California Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act and the California Fair Pay Act.

Ventura County’s 3rd Supervisorial District includes the communities of Camarillo, Port Hueneme, Southeast Oxnard, East Oxnard Plain, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru, East Lockwood Valley, and Eastern Portion of Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme. For a complete list of endorsements and to learn more about Carla’s campaign visit


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