About Our Committee
It is the mission of the Ventura County Republican Central Committee to support and maximize county Republican voter registration, develop an active and functional precinct organization to get out the vote, increase economic independence by engaging donors with the county party and through other fund-raising activities, all in preparation for the next and future election cycles.
OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Chairman - John Andersen
1st Vice Chair - Kerry Nelson
2nd Vice Chair - Lindsey Stetson
Secretary - Lea Williams
Treasurer - Israel Rodriguez
Executive Director - Jack Breuker
1st District – Ventura, Ojai, North Oxnard
Joan Lopez, Mary Osborn, Lindsey Stetson
2nd District – Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Santa Rosa Valley, Camarillo
Dianne Alexander, John Andersen, Jim Meyer, Kerry Nelson, Arkady Milgram, Debra Tash
3rd District - Camarillo, Santa Paula, Fillmore, North Oxnard
Deborah Baber, Pamela Krausz, Israel Rodriguez, David Schlangen
4th District – Simi Valley, Moorpark
John Absmeier, Ray Cruz, Charles Davis, Mike Judge, Richard Moore
5th District – Central/South Oxnard, Port Hueneme
Bruce Holley, Julie Hupp
Ex Officio Members
2022 Republican Nominee for CA-24: Brad Allen
2022 Republican Nominee for CA-26: Matt Jacobs
2022 Republican Nominee for CA-32: Lucie Volotsky
2020 Republican Nominee for SD-19: Gary J. Michaels
2020 Republican Nominee for SD-27: Houman Salem
2022 Republican Nominee for AD-38: Cole Brocato
2022 Republican Nominee for AD-42: Lori Mills
2022 Republican Nominee for AD-46: Dana Coruso
HISTORY OF THE GOP
The Republican Party was born in the early 1850s by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands – such as California – to settlers free of charge. The very name Republican was chosen to allude to the party’s opposition to human enslavement and government tyranny, as well as a reminder to Thomas Jefferson’s own Democratic-Republican Party.
In 1856, the Republicans became a national party when they nominated John C. Fremont, one of the original US Senators from California, as their candidate for President. Four years later, the Republicans successfully elected their nominee, Abraham Lincoln, to the Presidency.
During his Presidency, the United States was wracked by Civil War. Staying true to the party’s anti-slavery activism, and against the advice of his cabinet, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves. The Republicans of their day worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery; the Fourteenth, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws; and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans. That historic relationship is why the first African-American Congressmen were Republicans.
Lincoln was also instrumental in the shaping of California’s history. As an ardent supporter of the Transcontinental Railroad, Lincoln signed legislation supporting the construction of the rail line to better unite the nation by spurring economic development in the West and providing our earliest settlers a safe passage to the state.
In 1878, Senator A. A. Sargeant, a Republican from California, introduced the language that would become the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which would allow women the right to vote. When the 19th Amendment was finally added to the Constitution years later, 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify it were under Republican control. The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin from Montana, in 1917.
Presidents during most of the late nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century were Republicans. Between 1952 and 2008, the White House was in Republican hands under Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the United States won the Cold War, releasing millions from Communist oppression, in true anti-big government Republican spirit.
The Republican Party has a strong history in California, with many of its most notable governors as members of the party. Those include Leland Stanford (businessman, US senator, and founder of Stanford University); Hiram Johnson (US senator, political reformer); Earl Warren (14th Chief Justice); and Ronald Reagan (US President).
Other US presidents that have called California home are Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon.
OUR AFFILIATED GROUPS
Simi Valley Republican City Club
Contact: John Absmeier
Phone: (608) 338-6121
The Ventura GOP's local Simi Valley Republican organization. Meet candidates, local elected officials and party members while enjoying food and beverage and supporting a local business. Monthly meetings take place on the 1st Tuesday of every month, 6:00-7:30pm.
The Junkyard Cafe, 2585 Cochran Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065.
Camarillo Republican Women Federated
President: Pamela Faulkner
Phone: (888) 747-9955 (ext. 0)
Address: P.O. Box 1021 - Camarillo, CA 93011
Message from the President:
Our CRWF Club, established in 1953, has the distinction of being the largest Republican Women Club in Southern California. With close to 200 Members, our Club is a diverse mix of women from 18 years old to 92 year olds, from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, and diverse opinions, all committed to the Vision and Mission of the Republican Party. Our mission is to see women from all age groups and walks of life as key players at the political table on national, state, and local issues. Our goal is to offer our Members political education on issues and legislation, cutting edge timely political information, presentations by recognized and accomplished conservative leaders, leadership development, campaign involvement, and support to our local chapters of High School and College Republicans. As President Reagan stated: “I am a Republican because I believe the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.”
Conejo Valley Republican Women Federated
President: Jennifer McCarthy
Phone: (805) 807-8553
Email: ConejoValleyRWF@cfrw.org and CVRWF@outlook.com
Message from the President:
The Conejo Valley RWF offers political education, leadership training, campaign involvement, community outreach and candidate recruitment. Our club has operated the last 15 Republican Party headquarters in Conejo Valley. We've sponsored 12 statewide televised candidate forums, receiving both front page, TV network coverage and live stream events on our own Web channel. The California Republican Party named our club the "2009 Grassroots Club of the Year". In the last election cycle our awesome members jointly put in almost 20,000 volunteer hours. Several members currently hold local elected offices, have major volunteer leadership positions on state, local, national campaigns and have been long term delegates to the California Republican Party. Our goal is to strengthen the Republican Party by featuring accomplished leaders, invaluable speakers at our General Meetings, assist GOP candidates/campaigns in various ways, provide student scholarships, youth outreach, supporting the troops amongst other community outreach activities. The success of the Republican Party starts at the grassroots level and that is what the CVRWF is known for.
Simi Valley Moorpark Republican Women Federated
President: Jennifer Jones
Phone: (805) 328-3739
Address: 2828 Cochran Street - Simi Valley, CA 93062
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness.”
We support the goals of the State and National Federation of Republican women. We also work diligently on promoting Republican candidates for elected office, educating and informing the public, and encouraging all women to be involved in good government. We support our U.S. armed forces and their families, and make donations to local charities through "Caring for America". Finally, we are deeply involved in our community and even provide educational scholarships for young Republicans in the area!
Join us and help reshape the Republican Party to meet the needs of all Americans.
Thousand Oaks Republican Women Federated
President: Beatrice Restifo
Phone: (805) 230-2919
Thousand Oaks Republican Women Federated (TORWF) is a long standing Republican Women's Federated and regional group in the area. They are affiliated with the National Federation Republican Women and California Federation Republican Women and are a Diamond Award winning club.
Westlake Village Republican Women Federated
President: Dale Thomas
Phone: (818) 257-2358
Address: P.O. Box 6536 -Westlake Village, CA 91359
Message from the President:
This dynamic group of Republican women are constantly working for good government through active political participation. Through political awareness, education and community involvement, the members of WVRWF are an effective and valuable support for Republican causes and candidates. Members enjoy the camaraderie and being able to share their conservative values with like minded woman who want to make a difference. We also enjoy the education provided by high profile speakers at events each month providing information and motivation for our members.
Channel Islands Republican Women Federated
This year, 2022, marks the 68th anniversary of our club’s founding after consolidations of neighboring clubs in the heart of the county seat, San Buenaventura. Some proclaim the Channel Islands the American Galapagos. Species found here don’t exist elsewhere. Our club too is priceless.We meet on the 4th Wednesday each month. Our programs include national and local speakers who share about diverse and timely topics. Candidates running for local and state positions, school boards, city council, and Board of Supervisors will be a priority this year. CIRWF Outreach Committee notifies the members about upcoming events in the communities and how to participate. Supporting our military - Every December we welcome military spouses to our luncheon as our guests. Our members are very generous bringing new gifts/toys/gift cards for children, teens, and the spouses who select gifts for their children. Any remaining gifts are delivered to our contact at Pt. Hueneme Naval Air Station. Our membership has grown and we received the Diamond Achievement Award 2020-2021. Our goals in 2022 is to increase our membership, to support candidates, and to GOTV!
Ventura County Republican Assembly
Ventura County Young Republicans
President: Jack Breuker
Phone: (805) 767-0293
Ventura County Young Republicans (VCYR) is a club for young conservative professionals in Ventura County. Open to local Republicans ages 18-40. Welcome to the best party in town!
Ventura County Lincoln Club
President: Peter Dufau
Address: P.O. Box 1124 - Simi Valley, CA 93062
The Goal of The Ventura County Lincoln Club is to make our county the most Republican by registration and representation in the state of California. Our pursuit of this goal is evident in our constant effort to find and register every Republican in Ventura County and by assuring that every registered Republican voter in Ventura County is reminded to vote on Election Day. We will stop at nothing less than one hundred percent Republican representation for Ventura County at the State and Federal level and will continue to enthusiastically work to achieve a majority Republican representation on every council, commission and board in Ventura County. Monthly meetings take place on the 1st Tuesday of each month in Camarillo.
Cal Lutheran College Republicans
President: Stefan Henning
The goal of California Lutheran College Republicans (CLCRS) is to promote Conservative ideals, raise awareness, and make students' experiences more fulfilling on the campus of California Lutheran University (CLU). CLCRS strives to uphold an open discussion on the future of the Republican Party and what it truly means to identify as Republican in an academic setting. CLCRS promotes Conservative ideals in accordance with the GOP, but are inclusive to all who are interested in discussing Republican politics. Activities include volunteer work in the local community, issue advocacy, and other activities deemed relevant by the members of the organization.
Log Cabin Republicans of Ventura County
President: Gavin Flores
Log Cabin works to build a stronger, more inclusive Republican Party by promoting the core values of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets and a strong national defense while advocating for the freedom and equality of gay and lesbian Americans. The Ventura County Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans is looking to expand upon the progress made nationally by Log Cabin by providing a forum for political action within Ventura County. The more members we have, the more we are able to be a force within the Republican Party and help shape its policies and the direction, as well as the overall direction of our country.