Aaron Starr Likely to Win City Council Seat in Oxnard, CA

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Posted to Ventura County Star

New Oxnard councilman may be city’s strongest critic

By Wendy Leung
November 11, 2016

When Councilwoman Dorina Padilla announced earlier this year she was not seeking a second term, it was clear that whatever happened in the election, there would be at least one fresh face on the Oxnard City Council.

Five days after the election, it’s not crystal clear whose fresh face it will be, but the most likely person is Aaron Starr. The Haas Automation controller came in second place in a race for two council seats. Incumbent Bryan MacDonald secured his post, coming in first place.

There are still thousands of ballots left to count, but Starr is 778 votes ahead of the next candidate, Oscar Madrigal. Starr said he’s waiting for the last ballot to be counted before claiming victory, while Madrigal said he’s hoping for the best.

If Starr is elected, it’ll be the most awkward of outcomes for the city.

As author of a ballot initiative to roll back wastewater rate increases, Starr is being sued by the city. Starr’s measure ended up passing by 72 percent.

The lawsuit is about the ballot measure, not Starr, said Councilwoman Carmen Ramirez.

“It’s not personal,” she said.

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14 thoughts on “Aaron Starr Likely to Win City Council Seat in Oxnard, CA

  1. ATBAFT

    I note the article did not refer to Mr. Starr as a Libertarian, so I assume this was a non-partisan race?
    This accomplishment may be the only way libertarianism will win – become prominent in one’s community through deeds the taxpayers and voters can approve of, and then win non-partisan office and take effective action. When I ran for a partisan office, a straw poll showed my resume – not mentioning LP label – won but when the label was applied, then the major party guy won even though he was patently professionally unqualified for the position.

  2. Shawn Levasseur

    Wait. Starr HIMSELF is being sued, in order to keep a rate rollback initiative off the ballot?

    If this isn’t a violation of California’s anti-SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) laws, then those laws need strengthening.

  3. 33

    I believe he’s being sued in his capacity as the measure’s sponsor or official proponent or whatever it is they call it. That’s perfectly normal.

  4. Gloria Delgado

    YOU’RE A WINNER AKRON STARR STAY ALERT AND SOMBER….THE PEOPLE SPOKE ON THE MEASURE AND COUNCIL….

    GLORIA DELGADO

  5. Scott Lieberman

    Two seats are available in this election. The race for the second City Council seat is still too close to call. Here are the results as of Nov 25:

    BRYAN A. MACDONALD 17,183

    AARON STARR 12,096

    OSCAR MADRIGAL 11,877

    STEPHEN H. HUBER 9,956

    My prediction is that when all the votes are counted, Aaron will be ahead of the third place candidate by about 200 votes.

  6. Scott Lieberman

    There were 2 seats available in this election.

    The final count shows Aaron Starr in third place with 12,796 votes, and Oscar Madrigal in second place with 13,413 votes.

    My understanding is that Mr. Starr won the absentee and regular election day ballots, but Madrigal made up that deficit with the provisional ballots.

    I am reasonably sure that the ballots were counted correctly. Speaking only for myself, I have to wonder what percentage of the provisional ballots were cast by people who are dead, fictional, or not American citizens. Before you dismiss my question, remember that James O’Keefe was able to get a poll worker to hand him Eric Holder’s ballot on Election Day, while Mr. Holder was the Attorney General.

  7. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Before you dismiss my question, remember that James O’Keefe was able to get a poll worker to hand him Eric Holder’s ballot on Election Day, while Mr. Holder was the Attorney General.

    Thanks, Scott. I had zero luck at getting anyone here to pay attention to the Project Veritas videos, which were quite informative about some of the misbehavior on the Clinton campaign.

  8. Andy

    “Jill Pyeatt Post author
    December 3, 2016 at 00:51
    ‘Before you dismiss my question, remember that James O’Keefe was able to get a poll worker to hand him Eric Holder’s ballot on Election Day, while Mr. Holder was the Attorney General.’

    Thanks, Scott. I had zero luck at getting anyone here to pay attention to the Project Veritas videos, which were quite informative about some of the misbehavior on the Clinton campaign.”

    I am familiar with those videos, and I totally agree with you. There should be criminal investigations and charges being pressed over the incidents revealed in those videos. The same goes with the election fraud that happened in the Democratic primaries with how Hillary and co. robbed Bernie Sanders. There needs to be a criminal investigation into the Pizzagate scandal as well. It looks like some really sick and twisted stuff is going on there.

  9. Andy

    So now that we know that Mr. Starr was not elected to the Oxnard City Council, which would have been a pretty decent accomplishment, being that Oxnard is a city of over 200,000 people, this begs the question of which Libertarian Party members did get elected to local offices?

    I know that the LP has once again not elected anyone to a seat in a state legislature. The last time the LP elected anyone to a seat in a state legislature was 16 years ago, and the last time that happened where the Libertarian who got elected to a seat in a state legislature did not change their party affiliation after being elected to a state legislature as a Libertarian was longer ago than that, probably 18 years ago, maybe even 20.

    I heard that a Libertarian got elected to a partisan county office in Kentucky, but I also heard that the office does not do much of anything, because it is in Louisville where the city merged with the county and the county government apparently does not do much.

    I don’t think that any Libertarians got elected to the office of Sheriff, where they’d be able to appoint Libertarians as Deputies, and where they could refuse to enforce unconstitutional laws, and where they could not grant the federal government permission to enter a county if it was for a reason that was not specifically authorized by the Constitution. The only time I am aware of the Libertarian Party electing anyone to the office of Sheriff was around 14-16 or so years ago, and I don’t think that anything that was overly radical become of it.

    I don’t think that the Libertarian Party took over any local government boards/councils, which means that any Libertarians which means that any Libertarians we do have on any local government boards/councils will continue to be outvoted by Democrats and Republicans.

    I heard that the Libertarian Party had around 600 candidates for local and state offices this November, which is less than half of the number of candidates the party had running for state and local offices 16 years ago.

    Hey, we can all beat our chests and gloat about how the party’s presidential ticket got over 4.4 million votes for President, which translates to around 3.25% of the vote, while running under a platform that was so watered down that it is questionable as to whether it should even be called Libertarian, and while they downplayed and ran away from the word Libertarian, and while they made asses of themselves on national television on multiple occasions (which we will probably hear about for years to come thanks to YouTube), all during the most favorable set of circumstances in which the Libertarian Party has ever fielded a presidential ticket.

    But don’t forget, they had “shiny badges” and were “respectable” candidates that you could show your gandma and gandpa, and gosh darn it, that’s all that’s important.

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