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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of San BuenaventuraCandidate for Council Member, Council District 6

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Lorrie Brown

Management Assistant/Educator
3,533 votes (66.69%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Water. Business. Housing.
  • Revitalization of the Johnson Corridor, Sidewalks in Montalvo and an ALDI's on the Eastside
  • Protecting the Integrity of the General Plan



Profession:Over a decade of public service
Management Assistant, County of Ventura (2018–current)
Delegate (CDP), Assembly District 37 — Elected position (2016–current)
Advisory Board Member, Ventura County Women's Political Council — Appointed position (2018–current)
Delegate Representative, Central Coast Labor Council — Elected position (2018–current)
Advisory Member, Ventura County Women's Economic Roundtable — Appointed position (2013–2017)
Management Assistant, County of Ventura - Watershed Protection District (2016–2016)
Member, City of Ventura's Downtown Parking Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2012–2014)


California Lutheran University Masters, Public Policy and Administration (2009)
California Lutheran University Bachelors, Communication: Journalism (2007)
Ventura College Associates, Bilingual Cross Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Latin culture and language (2005)

Community Activities

Member, Ventura Chamber of Commerce (2015–current)
Owner, Final Polish, a media and communications consultancy (2015–current)


Lorrie Brown, MPPA is native of Ventura, born and raised in the "Bird track." She is a mother, an educator and a public servant. She received her Associates in Bilingual Studies, a Bachelors in Communication and Masters in Public Policy and Administration. Her background is in Economic Development. She served as project management lead of two half-million dollar capital improvement projects.


In 2016 she worked for the Watershed Protection District as Management Assistant and became a certified substitute teacher in 2017. Later, she contracted with the City of Ventura as a technical writer to draft a procedural manual for their Business Tax Office.


She owns a writing and communications consultancy called Final Polish, which provides technical writing solutions for businesses, agencies and individuals who need polished media services and is a member of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.


Brown has been appointed to two non-partisan public advisory boards. She was twice appointed to the Ventura County Women’s Economic Roundtable by Steve Bennett (2014-2017)and sat on the City of Ventura’s Downtown Parking Advisory Committee (2012-2014) . Lorrie was then elected to two partisan positions, one as Assembly District 37 Delegate (2016-2018) and another as secretary of a County Central Committee (2016-2018) and appointed to a state Caucus E-Board as Corresponding Secretary (2016-2018).


She also serves, is a member of or has contributed to numerous community organizations in various capacities, including but not limited to, the Ventura County Women’s Political Council, the Ventura Surfrider Foundation, SEIU 721 and Coastal Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy.


Lorrie comes from a family that serves. She ran for City Council twice because she has a passion for public service. Her father is a Vietnam Airforce Veteran, her mother a retire Registered Nurse. She raise three children in Ventura and her son is now a Corporal in the US Marines.




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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Most of my work whether it is in a volunteer, civic, religious or community capacity is primarily for the purpose of community or people building.  I believe that with the right tools, the appropriate focus and great vision people and communities can help themselves.  I have seen policy corrupt and policy liberate, it is all in how that policy is initially established, guarded, implemented and enforced.  If policy cannot remain true to its original intent through all phases of its existence it runs the risk of becoming more corrupt than liberating.   


I think it is important to be involved in protecting those underserved communities that lack the institutional knowledge to protect themselves and to form alliances where possible to improve upon existing policies that work.  


When I sit on any advisory board, committee or in any civic capacity I always ask myself, “What qualifying perspective can I add from my background and demographic that no one else will see?” and “Is that perspective clarifying, helpful and/or necessary to the issues at hand?”  I must decide if I am adding to the discussion based upon my educational background and experience, my diverse demographical make-up, my regional perspective or all three combined.  Once this has been determined I understand that my duty is to speak on behalf of the people I represent boldly, unapologetically and intelligently.  This is what is required of anyone who wishes to bring any form of respect to underserved communities and this is exactly what I plan to do.


Currently there exists an indirect implication that poor populations of people are a problem and from a cultural stand point a problem must be fixed and that fixing usually includes punitive action.  We have a huge uphill battle to fight because we must combat the idea that people are problems whether they are homeless, unemployed, underemployed, recently graduated and unable to pay off college loans, without transportation, living from pay check to paycheck.


Based upon these observations, as a community leader in a position to affect policy the challenges I see would include: Not creating policy that harms more than help, not only serving a narrow view, standing up for good policy even if it may be unpopular, remembering that the seat itself cannot become more important than the reason why you hold the seat, the public does not always understand the whys behind policy or the long term benefits due to imminent short term negative affects, dogmatic policy that is just a knee-jerk reaction to often-times tragic event seems inevitable and avoid losing more public faith in failing policy because of unwillingness or desire to change


As a public servant the great opportunities that exist as a result of a position would be to be in a position to affect necessary incremental changes, the ability to review, observe and evaluate what is working right first-hand, initiate educational community campaigns to enlist public buy-in on key policy solutions, observe how the opposite positions think and view issues and the values they attach to that, be in a credible position to ask questions and provide a balanced approach, preserve good policy and introduce new collaborative policy and not fall into trap of dogmatic policy and instead guide others to a more balanced decision making process.


These things are a privilege.


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— October 22, 2018 CAPS TV for Montalvo Community Council

Candidates were asked about everything from the current drought and their solutions to our future water needs, housing for seniors on a fixed income and young families, and their vision as a future council member for the City of Ventura.

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