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Governor Newsom Appoints Oxnard Councilwoman To Board Of Supervisors

Friday September 23, 2022

     California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday afternoon that he has appointed Oxnard Councilwoman Vianey Lopez to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.

     The 35-year-old Lopez was chosen to serve as the District Five representative on the board which includes most of Oxnard and some surrounding communities.

     That district tragically lost its representative, Ventura County Supervisor Carmen Ramirez, who lost her life in a traffic accident earlier this year in Oxnard.

     There were two years remaining on that term and it was up to the governor to appoint someone to fill the position.

     Lopez was elected to the Oxnard City Council in 2018.

     Before that she worked for State Senator and State Assembly member Monique Limon.

     Lopez also served as a Trustee on the Hueneme Elementary District School Board.

     She also worked for former Congresswoman Lois Capps.

     Lopez was Program Coordinator for the Oxnard Downtown Management District and as an Administrative Assistant at the Oxnard Convention and Visitors Bureau.

     She earned a Master of Public Policy degree in International Relations and State and Local Policy from Pepperdine University.

     The following is a portion of the news release from the County of Ventura regarding the Governor's appointment of Lopez to succeed Ramirez on the Board of Supervisors that includes statements from Lopez and from Ventura County Supervisor Matt LaVere...

 

“I am honored and humbled to have been appointed by Governor Newsom to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to carry out the term of my friend and mentor, Carmen Ramirez,” said Vianey Lopez. “Carmen was unwavering in her passion for public service and the belief in working together for the greater good. I am committed to this purpose and working towards building a better and brighter future for Ventura County and its residents. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the outpouring of support I have received from people throughout our community.”

 

Lopez holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount University, and a master’s in public policy from Pepperdine University, focusing on international relations and state and local policy.

 

“As we continue to mourn the passing of Supervisor Ramirez, I am grateful that the Governor has acted swiftly in making an appointment for District 5 Supervisor,” said Chair of the Board of Supervisors Matt LaVere. “Having worked with Ms. Lopez, I know she will be a great asset to our Board, and my colleagues and I look forward to working with her in this new capacity to serve our community and to keep Ventura County moving forward.”

 

“As an immigrant and the daughter of immigrants who are so fortunate to call Ventura County our home, I recognize the extraordinary opportunity afforded to me,” added Lopez. “Instilled with the values of hard work, determination, and optimism, I look forward to continuing to serve my community in this new role. Ventura County is a remarkable place, and I will work to ensure it remains a place where opportunity is abundant and where working people and their families can prosper and thrive.”

 

District 5 includes central and southern areas of Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Plain, Oxnard Shores, Mandalay Bay, Silver Strand, Hollywood Beach, Hollywood by the Sea, Channel Islands Harbor, California State University Channel Islands, Naval Base Ventura County, California Air National Guard, Oxnard Airport, Ormond Beach Wetlands, and Channel Islands National Park.

 

Before assuming duties as District 5 Supervisor, Lopez will be sworn in by County Clerk-Recorder Mark Lunn. A date for swearing-in is yet to be set.