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Governor fills vacancy created by death of Ventura County supervisor

Longtime community leader will fill post after death of Carmen Ramirez

The governor has filed the unexpected vacancy on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors which occurred because of the death of Supervisor Carmen Ramirez.

Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Oxnard City Councilwoman Vianey Lopez to the post. Lopez was first elected to the City Council in 2018.

She was an aide to longtime Tri-Counties Congresswoman Lois Capps. And, she served six years on the Hueneme Elementary District School Board.

Lopez will complete the rest of the late supervisor's term, which expires in 2024. The seat represents the county's Oxnard-based Fifth District.

Ramirez was struck and killed by a SUV August 12, as she was crossing an Oxnard street. The investigation into that accident is continuing.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.