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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of OjaiCandidate for Mayor

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John F. "Johnny" Johnston

1,911 votes (51.87%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Securing longterm secure water supply
  • Emergency preparedness, particularly for wildfires
  • Air quality



Profession:Retired County Executive; Mayor of Ojai
Mayor of Ojai, City of Ojai — Elected position (2016–current)
Alternate, Association of Water Agencies, representing 10 cities — Elected position (2017–current)
Board Member, Public Radio Station KCLU — Appointed position (2008–current)
City Manager, City of Ventura (2012–2013)
Chief Executive Officer, Count of Ventura (2001–2008)
Deputy Executive Officer, Los Angeles Superior Court (1991–1998)
Managing Partner, Lochwood Homes (1981–1985)
CIty Manager, City of Ojai (1971–1974)


State of California Lifetime Teaching Credential, Public Personnel (current)
University of Southern California Masters in Public Administration, local government (1979)
California State University, Long Beach Bachelor of Arts, political science (1966)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Ojai Valley News
  • Steve Bennett, Supervisor, 4th District
  • John Broesamle, Civic Leader

Elected Officials (5)

  • Steve Olsen, former Mayor of Ojai
  • Rae Hanstad, former Mayor of Ojai
  • Carlon Strobel, former Mayor of Ojai
  • Sue Horgan, former Mayor of Ojai
  • Mike Tracy, Ventura Councilman and Retired Police Chief

Individuals (8)

  • Peggy LaCerra, local activist
  • Dr. Robert Dodge, peace activist
  • Bruce Brockman, OD
  • Nigel Chisholm, owner of The Vine and The Jester
  • Sheri Ann Cate, local businesswoman
  • Richard Keit, artist and owner of RTK Studios
  • akka b, poet and photographer
  • Steve Sprinkel, organic farmer and co-owner of Farmer and Cook..

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