Category: Bob Roper

Ventura City Councilman Neal Andrews to Announce for Ventura County Supervisor


Ventura City Councilman Neal Andrews, a Republican will announce his candidacy for Ventura County Supervisor on Wednesday.

From Facebook:

I will officially announce my candidacy for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, District 1, on Wednesday, February 8th, at noon, on the steps of City Hall. Please join me if you can. I promise to be brief, but direct, as you know I can be. I hope you will be with me for the campaign ahead. Thank you, one and all, for your support. I appreciate it more than you can ever know.

Other candidates include:Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper of Ojai, Ventura Councilwoman Christy Weir and Brian Brennan, another Ventura council member is alos rumored to announcing soon.

The seat which represents Ventura and Ojai on the Board of supervisors is currently held by Steve Bennett who is vacating the seat to run for Congress.


CA-30: Will Rep Brad Sherman Move to Ventura County?


Democrat Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman

If Democrat Rep. Brad Sherman is smart and wants to remain in the House, he will.

You see, the disagreement between him and Rep. Howard Berman goes back a few years and they have been redistricted into the same CD.

The new Ventura County Congressional District CA-26 is in turmoil with the retirement of GOP Rep. Elton Gallegly last Friday. There will be no incumbent in this race and the POLS are all scrambling.

No less than 7 candidates have expressed interest in the race, including Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett from Ojai, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks from Thousand Oaks, California State Senator Tony Strickland who lives in Moorpark, two Democrats from Oxnard, one from Moorpark and one from Westlake Village.

It is rumored that environmentalists and the Ventura Public Employee Unions are pressuring Bennett to drop out of the race in favor of the nominally Republican Linda Parks. They are afraid that Bennett’s Supervisoral seat (Ventura, Ojai) will be lost to a Republican (Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper). The special interests are correct.

However, Linda Parks, a slow growth, public employee union loving environmentalist is in the second year of her four year term and has a “free ride.” Parks has pledged to run more as an independent than Democrat or Republican.

But, all of these machinations leave a hole for a Democrat who has some campaign cash to burn and this is where Brad Sherman comes in. He has plenty of money and has represented Thousand Oaks before. His former field staffer is former Thousand Oaks Mayor Larry Horner who is still very popular, particularly in the Westlake Village area.

Can Sherman beat Parks et. al in a top two primary?

I believe he could at least spend his way into a second place finish with either Parks or Strickland making the run off.

I don’t think D.C. Democrats will allow this seat to be contested by an independent and a conservative Republican.

So, when will Sherman make the switch? It will have to be soon – filing closes on March 9.


Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper Announces for Ventura County Supervisor


The announcement was yesterday and Roper is being supported by many in the Ventura County Republican establishment, including former Ventura County District Attorney Micheal Bradbury.

Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper is testing the political waters.

When Chief Roper learned that Supervisor Steve Bennett would not seek re-election, Roper decided to run for First District Supervisor.

Roper made the announcement at the Ventura County Government Center surrounded by high profile Republicans.

Roper’s initlial website is here and I was told from a high ranking Ventura County Republican official that he is currently assembling a campaign team.

This seat will be a valuable pick up for the County Republican Party since Democrats now control the Board of Supervisors, 3-2. However, the position is non-partisan.