Election Wrap Up

This is the campaign page for Mina Nichols, 2014 candidate for Ventura County Clerk and Recorder.

Thank you everyone who voted for me in the primary, but because there were just two candidates, there will be no run-off.

Please peruse this page for some additional useful information about Ventura County politics. Thanks for visiting!

Time for a Change

If you feel government doesn't really serve you, if you feel you haven't been given decent candidates or a real voice in government, the most important thing you can do is VOTE for Mina Joanna Nichols for Ventura County Recorder.

This election we've been given no choice for two Supervisor positions, Sheriff, District Attorney, Treasurer, and Auditor, and the incumbent Assessor is running for his fifth term.

Because the two Supervisors up for re-election this year are unopposed, and since two were unopposed in the last election, next year's board will include only one supervisor duly elected to the term.

The five County Supervisors make up the highest legislative authority in the county, implementing state and federal programs, allocating and overseeing many, many millions of your tax dollars, and they're sinking into the shadows, because more and more, we have no choice.

That's not democracy.

The high number of uncontested offices in Ventura county are evidence of a deeper crisis in democracy which is making people feel poorly represented and angry.

I believe that the purpose of government is to help people get along. The genius of Democracy is the way it allows ordinary citizens to take part and have a voice. We need to make it more open and help nurture more leaders for the voters to choose from.

If we're just rubber stamping the one-party candidates, we're not getting the full benefit of Democracy.

If you don't like the status quo, don't vote for it. Don't vote for more of the same.

Vote for me. Help get me in the door and I'll hold it open for others to follow.

What does a County Clerk and Recorder do?

The links below (in blue) lead to the current Recorder's web site.

The Ventura County Clerk and Recorder's Office

  • Records births, deaths, marriages, domestic partnerships, and community property
  • Performs civil ceremonies
  • Records transfers of real property, liens and satisfaction of liens, and various other trust and financial documents
  • Oversees certain certifications such as notary public and process server
  • Maintains records of fictitious business names filing and business licenses
  • Runs elections and certifies the result

For more information and the government codes behind the job, click here.

California's Changing Political Landscape

California’s Open Primaries Act which took effect January 1, 2011, greatly reduced barriers to third party candidacy in California by redefining various “partisan” and “non-partisan” offices as “voter-nominated”. Most statewide and countywide offices are now voter-nominated.

These recent changes and others continue to complicate an already perplexing mechanism for selecting our society’s most important leaders, while piecemeal efforts at political reform over the past several decades have created a patchwork of rules that in itself is a barrier to smaller candidates.

The County of Ventura has it's own ordinance, and so does the City of Ventura and the City of Simi and the City of Filmore and the City ofThousand Oaks.

County and city ordinances.

It is the job of the county clerk to maintain the systems by which county voters register and cast their votes, and by which Ventura candidates run for election, as well as many other important civic functions.

We need a hard working and energetic clerk like me to ensure that Ventura is well represented by ensuring that every candidate gets a fair opportunity to present their case to the voters, that the voters have many resources for researching candidates and referenda, and that every vote is fairly cast and counted.

Civic Resources

Campaign Contributions

We’re asking for your vote, not for donations.

Thank you for your interest in this campaign. Thank you for your interest in your community. Thank you for reading this far. It’s people like you who are going to save democracy.

If you want to do more to help, please

  • Do your homework and stay positive, speak up and spread the word.
  • Register to vote by mail, and vote early (voting by mail increases the chances that you’ll get it done and it gives you the convenience to vote with access to a computer). Click here to register on-line. The deadline to register to vote for the June 3rd election is May 19, the deadline to request vote-by-mail is May 27.
  • Donate money to any of the organizations that provide election information.
  • The Secretary of State is the state's top election official, the county recorders work in conjunction with them to carry out elections for all levels of government.

    2014 Debate between four candidates for Secretary of State. This interesting video really shows some of what's at stake and where the candidates agree and disagree. Please also note that someone at the Sacramento Press Club had control of the sound system and definitely did not want every candidate heard. See for yourself.

Mina's Writings


Contact Me

  • Email us at mina@mina4VCClerk.com.

If you don't get your vote by mail ballot in the mail on time, you can drop it at any polling place in your area or at the drop box at government center.