Meet the Candidates

District 2

Doug Halter
Dougie Michie
Christy Weir

District 3

Barbara Brown
Aaron Gaston
William Cornell
Mike Johnson

District 7

Heather May Ellinger
Nancy Pedersen
Joe Schroeder
Michael James Nolan

Amy “Yamamoto” Callahan Candidate for VUSD Trustee, Area 3

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Having been born and raised in Ventura it afforded me the opportunity to attend some of the best public schools in the state. I attended Juanamaria, Juniperro Serra, ATLAS (formerly Saticoy) elementary schools, Cabrillo middle and a proud graduate of Buena High School class of 1994. It was a time when […] Read More »

Barbara Brown, Candidate for City Council District 3

Clear skies, clean water, beautiful beaches, open spaces—that’s the best of Ventura, and I want to maintain that Quality of Life. Living here for over four decades, I am running for City Council because I want to give back to the community that has given me so much. My husband and I raised our son […] Read More »

William “Billy” Cornell Candidate for City Council District 3

My name is William “Billy” Cornell. I was born in 1971. I’m a General Contractor specializing in home repair and remodel serving the Ventura County area. I’m a College Graduate with further education in the Building Trades. I served a four year term as a Commissioner for the San Buenaventura Housing Authority. I also served […] Read More »

Heather May Ellinger Candidate for City Council District 7

My name is Heather May Ellinger and I am asking for your vote to represent you in District 7 on the Ventura City Council. As residents of Ventura, we are so fortunate to be surrounded by the great beauty of our coastal shorelines, hillsides and river valleys. I have loved living here and raising my […] Read More »

Aaron Gaston-Business Owner/Realtor Candidate for City Council District 3

It’s an understatement for me to say I care about Ventura, having been born and raised here. My family’s roots in Ventura start in the 1950s—my parents live in the same Pierpont Beach house where they raised my brother and me. As an alumnus of Pierpont Elementary, Cabrillo Middle, and Ventura High, I even had […] Read More »

Doug Halter Candidate for City Council District 2

The tug of war between maintaining a status quo and accommodating real changes in a city is a clear and present issue in our current city council elections. It has come to my attention that my point of view and values have been distorted in the numerous exchanges on this topic. Neither I nor anyone […] Read More »

Michael Johnson Candidate for City Council District 3

With the budget crunch, housing crisis, rise in homelessness, and water shortage, the next four years are going to be tough for City Council. I’m running because I care about these issues — not the other way around. For years, I’ve been deeply involved in our community. In 2008, I was caught up in a […] Read More »

Captain Dougie Michie Candidate for City Council District 2

Captain Dougie Michie, USAF (Ret.), MSc., MBA, JD, PhD, a Vietnam war era veteran, served on active duty then in the National Guard from 1972 to 1999. (Dougie Michie retired from the Air Force National Guard. His military title use is not endorsement by the Departments of Air Force or Defense.) A Certified Financial Planner […] Read More »

Michael James Nolan Candidate for City Council District 7

Ventura County resident since 2007. Father of Two College age daughters attending Ventura Community College. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley with my 10 brothers and sisters. Attended Chaminade College preparatory High School and received my B.A. in Marketing from C.S.U.N. Successful careers in Grocery and Wireless Telecommunications allowed me to sharpen my […] Read More »

Nancy Pedersen Candidate for City Council District 7

I am honored to have the opportunity to run for a Ventura City Council seat to represent District 7.  District 7 covers the most land mass of all districts, capturing all of Ventura’s coastline residential and business areas plus a little inland territory between the 101 and the 126 freeways – south and west of […] Read More »

Joe Schroeder Candidate for City Council District 7

In 2009, I accepted the role as the CEO/President of Ventura County Credit Union, a position I held until my retirement this year. During my tenure the credit union doubled in size to over $1B in assets and membership increased by more than 50%. I had a fortunate career that started in financial services right […] Read More »

Christy Weir Candidate for City Council District 2

It has been my honor to represent the people of Ventura as a Mayor and City Councilmember. I have shown a strong responsiveness to the needs of our community and have demonstrated thoughtful, balanced leadership. I am running for re-election in District 2 to make sure our residents are heard as we make decisions that […] Read More »