Women Take Over Ventura City Council

African American woman sits on Ventura City Council; women take the majority for 2019

By Lori Denman

African-American Lorrie Brown will fill a seat of Ventura City Council.  Women are now in the majority on the council.  They will be sworn in on December 10th.

Brown joins Sofia Rubalcava, a daughter of Mexican nationals. Proponents celebrated the pair’s elections. 

Mounting a third campaign to attain a seat, Ms. Brown finally prevailed. She also ran in 2013 and 2016. She represents District 6, the Montalvo region of Ventura, and won by 65 percent over her competitor Charles Kistner with 2,183 votes.

Revitalizing the Johnson Corridor, getting sidewalks in Montalvo and acquiring another a grocery store on the eastside made up Brown’s platform.  The candidate outlined these goals in the District 6 Candidate Forum 2, held on October 6th in Ventura.  Regionally, she said the issues are, “water, in concert with economic development, and housing, in relation to economic development.” She also mentioned good business incentives.

 Lorrie Brown

Brown stressed that the newly elected City Council members need to lay down the “city law of the land.” She understands city budgeting and has a background in city management and how city services are funded.

Brown said the City of Ventura is beautiful and she wanted to help make it gorgeous. She added that she also has a “heart for your children,” as she worked as a substitute teacher for Ventura Unified School District last year. She wishes to help working families get a good start, seniors get out of the cycle of losing their housing and college students returning to Ventura to find jobs.

Ms. Rubalcava represents District 1. With these two seats, Ventura City Council now has a female majority of four out of seven seats. Erik Nasarenko represents District 4 and Jim Friedman District 5 (the Saticoy area). Friedman moved forward with a 52 percent lead, overtaking  Marie Lakin and Jack Selby. Christy Weir represents District 2 and will be up for election in 2020.


Lori Denman has been a professional journalist since 1996. She has worked as associate editor for the Los Angeles Daily News TODAY Magazines and has freelanced for LA Weekly, Surfline.com and more. She is now the Ventura reporter for Citizens Journal.

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