The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce and its political action committee released their first endorsements in the November election. Of the four candidates seeking election to Oxnard city council in District 1, Ken Oplinger's qualifications and positions on issues certainly rose to the top of the list.
Ken has a long list of public service on planning commissions and served on the city council in Blaine, Washington. He currently chairs the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board and serves on the City of Santa Barbara Living Wage Advisory Board. He was recently appointed to the City of Santa Barbara Sales Tax Oversight Committee.
Ken Oplinger currently serves as the President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region, where he has been since May 2013. He has been leading Chambers of Commerce in the Western US for over 25 years.
Ken and his family live near the beach in Oxnard. Voters in District 1 can learn more about Ken Oplinger from his website, www.ken4oxnard.com.
The Port of Hueneme has seen incredible growth in the past several years. They are deepening the channel leading into the Port in order to handle larger ships; they are investing in infrastructure at the Port to create more jobs, and they have increased the tonnage in and out of the Port considerably in the past 10 years.
Therefore, the Oxnard Chamber has endorsed all three incumbents seeking re-election to the Board of Commissioners of the Oxnard Harbor District (the governing body for the Port of Hueneme). Those three are Jess Herrera, Jason Hodge, and Mary Anne Rooney. The Chamber applauds the good work these commissioners have done during their respective tenures at the Port.