Claudia Bill-de la Peña, Jeff Gorell and Tim McCarthy are running for District 2 county supervisor in the June 7 primary election.
Claudia Bill-de la Peña, Jeff Gorell and Tim McCarthy are running for District 2 county supervisor in the June 7 primary election.

Editor’s note: This story is one in a series on the June 7 primary. For more coverage, visit vcstar.com/news/elections

In what’s shaping up to be the most crucial Ventura County supervisor’s race in decades, two Republicans are attempting to sink a Thousand Oaks councilwoman’s bid to succeed the board’s longtime environmental champion, Linda Parks.

The election could flip the Board of Supervisors’ 3-2 votes on environmental issues if a conservative majority is elected in June or in a November runoff.

“Voters will have the decision on whether the values of the board held for the last 40 years will continue or whether they will take a radical departure,” said Steven Auclair, chairman of the Ventura County Democratic Party.

He said the board’s pro-environment and public health stance that began in the early 1980s could be lost in this election.

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