Ventura, CA – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Vianey Lopez as District 5 County Supervisor to fill the vacancy created by the untimely passing of Supervisor Carmen Ramirez on August 12, 2022. Lopez will serve as appointed District 5 County Supervisor until the next general election in November 2024.
A long-time resident of South Oxnard, Lopez was elected to the Oxnard City Council in November 2018 and re-elected in November 2020. She serves as District Director for Assemblymember Monique Limón in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Prior to joining Assemblymember Limón, Lopez worked for former Congresswoman Lois Capps. For six years, Lopez served as a Trustee on the Hueneme Elementary School District Board. She served on the Board of Directors of the Future Leaders of America. She is the former vice president of the Ventura County Women’s Political Council (VCWPC) and is an active member of the Ventura County League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
“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.