By George Miller
Note: some of the text has been superceded by updated counts, so use the links for latest election info.
As of 11:50 PM November 3, 2020, here is some info on on local, Ventura County area and state elections. We have another article on the Presidential election. Keep in mind that the results may be more fluid than ever this year, because of the huge number of mail in ballots and now very permissive deadlines and acceptance criteria, so keep checking back to the links provided below.
Ventura County- First, here are Ventura County vote totals. Note that these are ONLY for county votes. For races like Congress, State Senate and Assembly that cross county lines, look at the state totals for results of that race.
Votes are still being counted, but as of this evening, in summary, Progressive/Democrat candidates swept almost every county race. Notable exceptions are AD38, where two Republicans are running, with Valladaro far in the lead. Conservative Keith Mashburn won the Mayoral race in Simi Valley.
In Oxnard, largest city in the county, with a quarter of its population, Carmen Ramirez is well ahead in the County Board of Supv 5th District race, Termed out Supervisor John Zaragoza will be the new Oxnard Mayor by a large margin; Oscar Madrigal held on to his Dist 3 Council seat, as did Bryan MacDonald in his Dist. 4 seat and Vianey Lopez to her Dist. 6 one. Oxnard Ballot Measures: The Measure E huge sales tax increase has 54% of the vote so far. Measure F for expedited development permits is losing by a small margin. Measure L to reorganize Finance lost resoundingly. Measure M to reorganize city meetings has 55% of the vote so far, while Measure N to incentivize street paving is slightly ahead.
Measure O county cannabis cultivation looks like like it will pass.
The Port Hueneme Council race was too close to call when I last checked. Progressives also swept the CVUSD School Board race, which included defeating incumbent Sandee Everett. Al Adam and Joel Price are ahead so far in the Thousand Oaks Council race. Doug Halter is slightly ahead of Christy Weir in the Dist. 2 Ventura Council election, with Mike Johnson well ahead in Dist 3 and Joel Schroeder ahead of Nancy Pederson in Dist. 7. Kevin Kildee leads in Camarillo District 3 Council race, while Tony Trembley is leading in District 4. Incumbent Moorpark Mayor Janice Parvin retained her seat, while Daniel Groff won the District 2 Council seat and Antonio Castro took District 4. Betsy Stix took the Ojai Mayor’s race, while Suza Francina is ahead in the District 4 Council race. Leslie Cornejo and Andy Sobel are ahead in the Santa Paula Council contest. Phil Loos and Dee Dee Cavanaugh are nearly in a dead heat in the Simi District 1 Council race. Elaine Litster won convincingly in the Dist 3 Simi Council race. As we mentioned above, Keith Mashburn won another term as Simi Mayor.
CD24- Democrat Salud Carbajal won over Republican Andy Caldwell.
CD25 Democrat challenger Christy Smith is slightly ahead of incumbent Mike Garcia, who has been in office only a few months after winning a special election to replace a scandal-plagued resigned Democrat.
CD26 uber-Progressive incumbent Julia Brownley won big over Republican challenger Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy.
CD30- Longtime Dem incumbent Brad Sherman easily beat Republican challenger Mark Reed.
SD19- Dem Monique Limon won over Republican Gary Michaels.
SD27- Dem incumbent Henry Stern beat Republican challenger Houman Salem.
AD37- Termed out VC Supv. Democrat Steve Bennett won big over Republican opponent Charles Cole.
AD38 Republican Suzette Valladares won over Republican Lucie Valotsky by a large margin.
AD44- Dem incumbent Jacqui Irwin won convincingly over challenger Denise Pedro.
AD45- Dem Jesse Gabriel defeated Republican Jeffi Girgenti.
Presidential race: Biden is far ahead in the county and the state (67% last time I checked at 10:44 pm Tuesday). But, nationally, it could go either way in the electoral college.
George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.