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Tuesday November 3, 2020 — California General Election

California State AssemblyCandidate for District 37

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Steve Bennett

Ventura County Supervisor
166,015 votes (67.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increasing funding for our public schools is critical. This includes making sure more money is going into the classroom while expanding access to early childhood education, after school programs and career education opportunities for students
  • Climate change is an existential threat to our future and its a crisis that must be taken seriously. This means doing more to protect our environment while naming the bad actors who profit at the public's expense.
  • Ensuring money goes to vital services including public safety, more child protective workers for foster children and adult protective services for our vulnerable senior population.



Profession:County Supervisor
County Supervisor, Ventura County Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2000–2020)
Teacher, Nordhoff High School (1977–1999)
Councilmember, Ventura City Council — Elected position (1993–1997)


Butler University Masters in Education (M.Ed.), Education (1977)
Brown University Honors Degree, Economics (1972)


Steve Bennett has a proven record of solving problems and getting things done, as a Ventura County Supervisor, environmental leader and teacher.

Steve has dedicated his public service career to protecting our quality of life, including our local natural areas, open spaces and addressing climate change.

For decades Steve has protected our environment from profiteers.  He coauthored the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) initiatives to protect open spaces from encroaching Los Angeles-style urban sprawl, and passed laws to stop oil companies and other corporate polluters from contaminating our air, land, drinking water and beaches.

As a County Supervisor, Steve brought fiscal discipline and balanced budgets to Ventura County by implementing smart policies without cuts to vital local services — securing funding to bolster firefighting efforts and open a homeless shelter.

Steve was an economics teacher at Nordhoff High School in Ojai and has 20-years of experience in local education.  He is committed to increasing funding for our public schools – specifically more money going into the classroom, and not the bureaucracy.

He is an independent local leader who stands up to powerful special interests, and wrote one of the strongest campaign reform laws taking big money out of local politics.

Steve has an Honors degree in economics from Brown University and received his Masters in Education from Butler University. He currently lives in Ventura with his wife.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $648,847

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Patagonia
California Teachers Association
Employees of Sage Publications
Firefighters for a Better Government
AFSCME California
Cal Fire Local 2881
California Faculty Association
California State Council of Laborers
Professional Engineers in California Government
SEIU California
SEIU Local 721

More information about contributions

By State:

California 96.07%
Indiana 1.59%
Illinois 1.47%
District of Columbia 0.33%
Other 0.54%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.58%)
Small contributions (1.42%)

By Type:

From organizations (35.08%)
From individuals (64.92%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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