*This story will be updated when the WVCBA makes new endorsements in the 2022 primary election.
The mission of the WVCBA's Political Action Committee (PAC) is to seek out, evaluate qualifications of, and endorse candidates for public office who support the ideals of our free enterprise system. The PAC evaluates candidates for local, county and state offices, and hosts candidate forums for local and state elections. The PAC is comprised of current members of the Board of Directors.
WVCBA endorses Jacqui Irwin for California Assembly District 42
On April 28, the WVCBA Board voted to endorsed Jacqui Irwin for California Assembly District 42. The endorsement was based on Ms. Irwin’s past support of business interests and her moderate approach to politics in California.
WVCBA endorses two candidates in County Supervisors races
At a meeting on April 20, the WVCBA's Political Action Committee voted to endorse Jeff Gorell for Ventura County Supervisor District 2 that includes Thousand Oaks, the Santa Rosa Valley and parts of eastern and northern Camarillo. They also voted to endorse Janice Parvin for Ventura County Supervisor District 4 that includes Simi Valley, Moorpark, and the surrounding unincorporated regions.
The process for endorsing candidates involves the PAC creating a questionnaire that is sent to all candidates. The questionnaire includes 13 questions on issues impacting the County, including the County Executive Officer search, the Airport Master Plan, homelessness, and more. After receiving responses from many, though not all, candidates, the PAC determined that these candidates are best to represent the businesses and citizens of Ventura County.
WVCBA Board takes "No" position on Measures A and B
At its March 24 meeting, the WVCBA Board of Directors voted to support the “No on Measures A & B” campaign. Measures A and B would amend provisions in the Ventura County Ordinance Code pertaining to the permitting process for all oil and gas development proposals in the coastal and non-coastal portions of the unincorporated area of the County. Click here to learn more about both measures on the County's website.
*Update May 2, 2022: Nancy Lindholm, WVCBA President and CEO, wrote an op-ed in The Pacific Coast Business Times "Opinion: The case against Measures A and B in Ventura County." In it she says:
"Higher prices, fewer jobs, and more foreign oil: Measures A and B are a bad deal for Ventura County. Our coalition of local labor unions, business leaders, scientists, farmers, working families, and community members urges voters to reject the deceptive campaign to arbitrarily shut down our local oil and gas production."
We encourage every eligible voter to ensure they are registered to vote by May 23 in order to participate in the June 7 primary election. Further, we hope voters do their due diligence and research the candidates and issues prior to heading to the polls.