Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Endorses Candidates: District 1 City Council & Port of Hueneme

Oxnard chamber of commerce

(Oxnard, Ca) The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce and its political action committee released their first endorsements in the November election. Oxnard City Council District 1 and the Oxnard Harbor District received endorsements for candidates. The chamber stated it was not sure yet whether any further endorsements would be offered.

Of the four candidates seeking election to Oxnard City Council in District 1, Ken Oplinger was given the endorsement.

Four candidates are currently seeking the District 1 seat: Ambrosio Casanova Jr. (Supervisor US Air Force), Bert E. Perello (Incumbent), Kari Cryder (Oxnard Small business woman), Ken Oplinger (Regional Non- Profit Executive).

Candidates were given a questionnaire to complete. Evaluation is based upon answers to questions.

“We didn’t interview for this,” shared Kary Cryder.

In the chamber’s announcement of the decision, they stated, “Ken has a long list of public service on planning commissions and served on the city council in Blaine, Washington. He currently chairs the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board and serves on the City of Santa Barbara Living Wage Advisory Board. He was recently appointed to the City of Santa Barbara Sales Tax Oversight Committee. Ken Oplinger currently serves as the President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region, where he has been since May 2013.  He has been leading Chambers of Commerce in the Western US for over 25 years.”

When asked if any further endorsements would be, Nancy Lindholm, CEO of the Oxnard Chamber  stated, “I am not sure at this time.” Lindholm explained that the endorsement came from the Oxnard Chamber’s Political Action Committee, which is composed of various members from the chamber. When asked who the members were, Lindholm shared, “our members prefer not to be named because they operate businesses in the community and do not want their political views to impact their business.”


District 1 Candidates

The four District 1 candidates continue their efforts to garner support. To read more about them, visit their websites or email them.

Port of Hueneme

The Oxnard Chamber also chose to endorse all three incumbents seeking re-election to the Board of Commissioners of the Oxnard Harbor District (the governing body for the Port of Hueneme). Those three are Jess Herrera, Jason Hodge, and Mary Anne Rooney.

In the statement issued by the Chamber, the memo stated, “The Port of Hueneme has seen incredible growth in the past several years. They are deepening the channel leading into the Port in order to handle larger ships; they are investing in infrastructure at the Port to create more jobs, and they have increased the tonnage in and out of the Port considerably in the past 10 years. ..The Chamber applauds the good work these commissioners have done during their respective tenures at the Port.”

The midterm general election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The last day to register to vote is October 22.



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