Ventura County Voter Guide

This Election 2020 Ventura County voter guide will help you cut through the rhetoric, election propaganda and biased media coverage of the campaigns. This guide ranks every aspect of a candidate’s record according to experience, integrity, and commitment to community.

Here you’ll find recommendations for:

  • President
  • Propositions
  • Superior Court Judges
  • Congress
  • State Senator
  • State Assembly
  • City Council

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Ratings: Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete. Here is our rating system:

  •  : The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement.
  • : Very good.
  • : Acceptable.
  • : Vote only to prevent worse candidate(s) from winning.
  • : Terrible. Do Not Vote. All your other votes will count.

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2020  Presidential Election Recommendations

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President

  • Joe Biden(D) 
  • Donald Trump (R)  [Endorsed]

JUDICIAL RATINGS

Judges sitting on California courts may be incompetent, corrupt or lazy. Even worse, many are political opportunists with a political agenda.

There are two types of judges. One is the “judicial activist.” A judicial activist legislates from the bench. Instead of strictly interpreting California law, these judges make the laws. Instead of applying the law to facts, they rule based on their own values

Judicial activists have:

  • Overturned voter-passed initiatives and laws passed by the state legislature because they personally have different belief system. They twist the law to rationalize their decisions.
  • Imposed their own moral codes, political beliefs and secular values in an effort to reshape our society and promote social engineering.

The second judicial philosophy, “strict constructionist,” is one in which the judge impartially arrives at a fair judgment based on law.

Judicial activists are usually more liberal; strict constructionists are usually more conservative.

HOW WE COME UP WITH A FINAL RATING

1 being lowest, 10 being best. This is a 1-10 scale for Judge ratings. 

We come up with the final rating by taking the average of the candidate’s Judicial Index and Qualifications. For example, if the candidate had a Judicial Index of 8 and Qualifications of 6, their overall rating would be 7.


Superior Court Judges

Office 2

  • G. Martin Zaehringer – Rating 9
  • Catherine M. Voelker – Rating 4

Office 8

  • Paul W. Baelly – Rating 8
  • Steve Pell – Rating 4

U.S. Representative

24th District

  • Salud Carbajal (D) (Incumbent) 
  • Andy Caldwell (R) 

25th District

  • Christy Smith (D)
  • Mike Garcia (R)

26th District

  • Julia Brownley (D) (Incumbent)
  • Rhonda Baldwin-Kennedy (R) 

27th District

  • Judy Chu (D) (Incumbent) 
  • Johnny Nalbandian (R) 

29th District

  • Tony Cardenas (D) (Incumbent)
  • Angelica Duenas (D)

30th District

  • Brad Sherman (D) (Incumbent)
  • Mark Reed (R) 

State Assembly

District 37

  • Steve Bennett (D)
  • Charles Cole (R) 

District 38

  • Suzette Martinez Valladares (R)
  • Lucie Lapointe Volotzky (R)

District 44

  • Jacqui Irwin (Incumbent) (D)
  • Denise Pedrow (R)

District 45 

  • Jesse Gabriel (Incumbent) (D)
  • Jeffi Girgenti (R)

Propositions

 

Proposition 14 – No

Proposition 15 – No

Proposition 16 – No

Proposition 17 – No

Proposition 18 – No

Proposition 19 —-

Proposition 20  – Yes

Proposition 21 – No

Proposition 22 – Yes

Proposition 23 – No

Proposition 24 – No

Proposition 25 – No

Measures: 

Measure B

To increase fiscal accountability, prevent special interest influence/political conflicts of interest, improve City ethics, governance, transparency without new City powers, shall Oxnard City Code be amended to prohibit elected officials from accepting gifts from lobbyists/City contractors; impose contribution…
 

Measure C

Shall the measure to fund capital improvement and other projects by imposing an additional 5% special transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) on hotel guests, expressly confirming the existing “rent” definition as including resort fees, cancellation fees, parking fees, and similar fees, raising approximately…
 

Measure D

Shall the offices of Santa Paula City Clerk and City Treasurer be appointive?
 

Measure A

To repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical; remove hazardous materials, improve safety/ security, labs, classrooms, technology for math, science, engineering, arts, killed trade, college/career readiness instruction; shall Moorpark Unified School District’s measure authorizing $96,000,000 in…

Measure V

To locally fund upgrades for safe/modern schools; enhance instructional technology, college/career readiness in math, science, technology, engineering, arts; improve safety, security, emergency/fire systems; repair, acquire, construct, equip classrooms, sites, facilities, roofs, plumbing, heating/air…