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Supervisor Steve Bennett
Steve Bennett
Supervisor, First District

Steve Bennett serves on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, representing the citizens of District 1. He graduated in 1972 from Brown University with an Honors degree in economics. Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2000, Steve was a teacher and high school administrator for 20 years at Nordhoff High school in Ojai.

Steve served on the Ventura City Council from 1993 to 1997. He co-authored the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) that has made Ventura County a national leader in land-use planning. SOAR slows urban sprawl by requiring a vote of the citizens before greenbelt areas outside of the cities can be rezoned for development.

Steve feels strongly about decreasing the role of money in politics. He authored one of the state of California’s toughest campaign finance reform laws for the City of Ventura as well as the County of Ventura.

In addition Steve is a leader on the Board of Supervisors regarding environmental policies. He introduced measures to replace county fleet vehicles with hybrids, reduce the number of county SUVs, eliminate Styrofoam at county facilities, make county buildings more energy efficient, and pursue mandatory energy reduction requirements for large new homes.

He has been a leader of Ventura County’s sound budgeting policies that have kept Ventura County’s finances strong during our country’s economic crisis.

Supervisor Bennett’s commitment to sound budgeting comes from his passionate commitment to have the resources to maintain vital safety nets for our county’s most defenseless foster children and indigent seniors in skilled nursing facilities.

Career:

  • 2000 to present: Elected as District One Ventura County Supervisor
  • 1980-2000: Economics/history teacher and Assistant Principal, Nordhoff High, Ojai, CA
  • 1993-1997: Ventura City Councilman

Education:

  • 1972: Graduated from Brown University with an honors degree in economics
  • 1977: Received a Masters in Education from Butler University
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