The Ventura County Democratic Party is claiming victory in the Ventura City Council election. Their GOTV organization helped to elect a new member to the city council.
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Congratulations to Ventura City Council's Top Vote-Getter Erik Nasarenko Unprecedented efforts from Democratic Party boosted votes Camarillo, Calif., Nov. 18, 2013-- Erik Nasarenko, who was endorsed by the Ventura County Democratic Party, received the most votes of any candidate for the Ventura City Council election on Nov. 5. Nasarenko received more than 10,000 votes; the next-highest vote-getter received about 7,700 votes. Nasarenko's victory indicates his strong candidacy and successful campaign, which included unprecedented efforts from volunteers of the Ventura County Democratic Central Committee (VCDCC). To support the three endorsed candidates for city council (the others were Lorrie Brown and Richard Francis), the VCDCC raised more than $13,000, made more than 12,000 phone calls, and identified 1,000 new voters. "Democrats enjoy a 10-percentage point voter registration advantage in the city of Ventura, but conservatives still dominate the council, and too often use it to serve a special interest-driven agenda," said David Atkins, chairman of the VCDCC. "Erik's victory and the close votes of our other endorsed candidates demonstrate that we can change the city council, so it finally represents the Democratic values Venturans believe in." Francis and Brown finished the election within three votes of each other, and were 41 and 44 votes, respectively, of winning a seat on the council. Nasarenko ran for city council to "make everyday life better for all Venturans," according to his campaign. He advocated the improvement of basic city services, from fixing roads and trimming trees to making sure park bathrooms are clean and open. He also pledged to donate his city council salary to completing Ventura Community Park. Nasarenko serves as a deputy district attorney, where he prosecutes domestic violence and child abuse crimes. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Erik worked served as chief deputy to the Los Angeles school board president and as a communications director to the Los Angeles and Pasadena school districts. Erik began his career in public service as an aide to Former U.S. Representative Anthony Beilenson. The son of Ukrainian immigrants, Nasarenko grew up in the San Fernando Valley and has a B.A. in History from the University of California, Irvine. He received his law degree from Loyola Law School.