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.