Run, Jesse, Run!

Santa Paula
Santa Paula

If you arrived here from the Ventura County Elections page then you may be thinking that you got to the wrong page but you didn’t.

I “pulled papers” and am running for the Ventura County Democratic Central Committee for District 3. Yeah, that’s a mouthful. Basically, I want to be a part of the group that helps support progressive causes in a collaborative and nurturing way. The county is broken down into five different districts and I’m running for my district, #3. These district lines are the same as for county supervisor districts and right now Kathy Long is the supervisor for that district. If you live in her district then you live in District 3.

The election for this position will be on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. If you are a Democrat living in District 3 then I hope you will vote for me and we will work together to improve our community and state.

I’m running for this position because I want to work with the other 22 Committee members to help set a course to make Ventura County a more livable place for everyone. We have beautiful shores, amazing mountains and great diversity in our community but right now they are not accessible to all who live here.

District 3 includes Santa Paula (where I live), Fillmore, Piru, most of Camarillo, Port Hueneme and a sliver of Oxnard. The most valuable part of these cities are the residents who live in and share in the communities. There are a lot of things going on in these specific cities and they are symptomatic as to what is going on throughout our state. We have a high cost of living which means that jobs have to pay livable wages for residents to live here. We have beach erosion and the collapse of ocean infrastructure impacted by climate change. We have cities in crisis and those who constantly move to outsource all services, siphoning off money to out-of-state private entities instead of investing in our neighborhoods. We also have an imbalanced workforce where we have massive industries like agricultural that have workers toiling and not being able to make ends meet.

There are things that we can do to right the ship in this County and state and I intend to be a part of making that change.