California GOP Assemblywoman Audra Strickland and her husband Tony, the former Assemblyman and current GOP California State Senator, Camarillo, California September 2008, Photo by FlapAudra Strickland made it official today. She is running against Linda Parks, the incumbent Ventura County Supervisor, for the Thousand Oaks area supervisorial seat.
Assemblywoman Audra Strickland announced this afternoon that she is running for 2nd District Ventura County supervisor.
The district includes Thousand Oaks and nearby areas and is currently represented by Supervisor Linda Parks. She will be up for re-election on the June primary ballot.
Stricklandâ€™s Assembly district includes the Conejo Valley, but until recently she lived in Moorpark, outside the 2nd District.
At a news conference today, Strickland said her family moved to Thousand Oaks a week ago. Seeking to head off criticism of district-shopping, or â€œcarpetbagging,â€ she called Parks â€œa single-issue candidateâ€ focused on environmentalism, and said she â€œmight as well be a carpetbagger from Berkeley.
â€œThere seems to be a resounding message about the lack of true representation of our community on the county Board of Supervisors,â€ Strickland said.
Watch for a bruising, rough and tumble campaign. Linda Parks has been a nominal Republican at best having supported Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson for California State Senate against Audra’s husband, Tony. The full force of the Ventura County Republican Party will be for Audra.
Moreover, Parks has been an anti-business environmentalist while on the County Board and as a City Councilwoman in Thousand Oaks.
Will the anti-incumbent mood of the voters and a well financed campaign against Parks be successful?
My bet is Yes.