News Advisory:


Oxnard, Calif.   Bill Winter is in the race for Mayor of Oxnard.

The former Oxnard City Council candidate ran for Mayor in 1998 and earned
second place on the absentee ballot count.

Oxnard will need a new Mayor as much loved Mayor Manuel M. Lopez, who has
served Oxnard for almost three decades now, pursues a seat on the County
Board of Supervisors.

Winter's announcement will be made at a press conference at the ocean-side
corner of Hueneme Road and Perkins Road in south Oxnard on Thursday, May 6,
2004 at 10:45 am.

A brief statement will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions of the

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WINTER FOR MAYOR --- PO BOX 59 --- Oxnard, Calif.
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With a heart for Oxnard and the community he calls home,

Bill Winter desires to give something back in a big way. 

Bill Winter wants to become the next Mayor of Oxnard. 

His reasons are simple.

Winter wants to retain and highlight, through tourism and art, our Latin and Mexican heritage

which he sees so vividly in La Colonia and all throughout the civic center. 

Winter promises to continue the city’s efforts to beautify and modernize the downtown

and to quickly resolve any problems brought on by lawsuits, or commercial misunderstandings. 


In recent years, housing and growth have been the primary focus of Oxnard’s municipal government. 

Winter wants to ensure that Oxnard has enough public safety (police and fire), and schools

to handle the recent growth approved by prior planners and the city council.


“The biggest issue I hear is traffic,” said Winter,

“We built and built, but have done very little to plan our roads for the volume of traffic we have today.  

Five years ago a trip across town was ten minutes – now it’s triple that.”


Civic image is a top concern for Winter to address. 

“Oxnard is looked at as the odd-step brother, when compared to other communities in Ventura County. 

Oxnard is making headway to become a nicer place, we just need to shout about our progress

from the rooftops and mountains and put out our best public image.”


Image, appearance and access to our homes and businesses is important, but an emergency concern for

Winter is the plight of our youth.  Graffiti, gangs, loitering, and kids on the street are all signs

that we haven’t done our homework to provide our kids with venues for their recreation

nor have we set goals and reachable achievements for our entire community of kids.  

Re-opening a downtown Boys and Girl’s Club is one step toward making this improvement. 

Building a second skate park, and drafting plans for a city swimming pool will be another step

Winter will ask City Council for.   Planning for more schools and empowering those schools

to creatively finance after-school programs is a win-win solution seen to help our youth.


“With a city so diverse possessing ocean access and proximity to the mountains,

with a major freeway passing to the north and two major west coast military bases as our neighbors,

Oxnard has more than most cities can dream for. 

Oxnard has at least 22 different ethnic groups in our demographic mix

– we are proof of what the rest of the world wants to be

 – unified – diversified – and full of pride.”


With Mayor Manuel M. Lopez seeking a higher seat on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors,

Oxnard will be losing a much loved and respected leader. 

Winter, an average citizen and a community leader wants to carry on many of the fine traditions which Mayor Lopez has practiced within city government.   

Winter is Chairman of the Wilson Historical Neighborhood and serves as First Vice Chair on the city’s Neighborhood Council Forum (INCF). 
Running for office is familiar ground.
Winters pursued the Mayor’s office in 1998 and came in a successful second on the absentee voter count. 


What’s different this time is that a former Mayor, a former Councilmember and a seated Councilmember has asked me to run.  I am going to follow John Kerry’s rule and not reveal who these people are, but when enough citizens ask you to run – you need to make yourself available and of service to those who seek you.”


“I know it will tough, but I believe in what I can offer my community and I believe that I have been positioned to take on this challenge, to win, and to give Oxnard a hope, a future and a promise as Mayor to be accessible, to do my best and to preserve our fine heritage,” said Winter.




Oxnard Needs New Leadership 

Not More of the Same.


Oxnard Journal
PO Box 59
Oxnard, Calif. 93032

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