A Healthier and Stronger Community

Dear Friends,

I have been leading a life of public service in Ventura County for decades and I am proud to have served the residents of Oxnard since 2010. I am now seeking your continued support in my run for Supervisor.

I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley with my six siblings and enjoyed a semi-rural childhood which has influenced my life and values. I have been a homeowner in Oxnard since 1992 and have worked in Ventura County since 1978.

In 1978, I began my career in Oxnard as a legal aid attorney working to protect the health and economic well-being of individuals and families before government and in court. My office was right here in Oxnard at Channel Counties Legal services, where people came for help with education, housing, and employment. For 16 of those years, I served as Director. Then for nine years, I worked for the Superior Court of Ventura County in Colonia helping Spanish-speaking residents understand their rights and responsibilities.

In 2007 a giant corporation wanted to endanger our community and our ocean by putting a Liquified Natural Gas terminal right off Ormond beach. I led the fight alongside many community members to defeat that polluting project.

Since then I have fought for environmental justice and proper economic development for Oxnard, leading the charge against building in our community already overburdened with polluting industries a fourth power plant. I have been working hard for you since taking office in 2010, and together we have made so much progress.

  • I helped lead the way in strengthening our community’s resilience, infrastructure, and environmental health.
  • I worked hard to stop the construction of a polluting natural-gas plant, clearing the way for a new clean energy system instead. 
  • I voted for accountability by ending no-bid contracts and holding our city to high standards, providing incentives to local companies that hire locally.
  • I have supported enhanced fire and police services to ensure our first responders have the best resources.
  • I have supported youth services to keep Oxnard’s young people thriving.

When polluting industries wanted to abuse Oxnard, I voted to protect your health, your children’s health, and the health of our environment.

We have worked together to strengthen our community and restore trust in this city, but there is much more progress to be made.

So, it is with gratitude for your past support, a passion for the future of our community and the encouraging endorsement of many Oxnard residents and civic leaders, that I announce my candidacy for Ventura County Supervisor District 5.

I am dedicated to placing the health of the community at the center of every decision I make.

Our community has faced difficult challenges in the past, and I have made decisions with only your best interests in mind. I pledge to continue doing that for you at the county level.

Between now and election day on March 3rd, 2020 we have a lot of work to do, but it will be worth it for our future!

So, join me in this fight for a healthier and stronger community!

Forward together,
Carmen