November 8, 2016 Suza Francina was elected to the City Council with 58.06 percent of the vote.
Francina represents much of traditional Ojai — sustainability, environmentalism, home-town feel — and the council will need that perspective as it tries to move Ojai into the future while keeping its unique identity. For that reason and others, we think she would be a better fit than her lone opponent for the four-year council seat.
An Ojai resident since 1957, Francina served on the council from 1996 to 2000. The writer, yoga teacher and bicycling advocate rightfully sees the many connections between Ojai’s issues — how sustainability, for example, can help with the drought. —Ventura County Star, September 22, 2016
Water conservation in OJAI is job number one for leaders. A vote for Suza is a vote to conserve resources including water and soil. —John Roulac, Founder & CEO of Nutiva
Suza already has a proven track record of bringing to Ojai what we consider Ojai to be about. I am thrilled that Suza has decided to run again. Our small piece of heaven can only benefit from her involvement in our local politics. Thank you Suza Francina! –—River Sauvagea, owner, Studio Sauvageau
August 14, 2016
Dear Ojai Community and Visitors to the Ojai Valley,
As many of you have heard, I’ve decided to run for the one empty seat on the Ojai City Council. As of Friday afternoon, August 12th, there was only one candidate who had filed to fill that seat—a candidate with a different vision for what I feel is best for our small town community. When no one else stepped forward to challenge him, I turned in my papers by the 5 p.m. deadline.
At that point, the deadline was extended five more days, since no incumbent filed.
I served on the council from 1996–2000 (as mayor in 2000).
Here is some background on my previous campaigns.
I first ran for Ojai City Council in 1994, against two incumbents—I still remember how one of them advised me to stop talking about bicycles and making Ojai bicycle friendly!
These local races are very close. As I recall, I lost the first time by less than twenty votes.
When I ran for the second time in 1996, there were three empty seats. Of the five candidates running, I was the top vote getter. Ellen Hall and I made history/herstory that year as for the first time the five member council had two women.
After I served as mayor in 2000, when my term ended, I decided not to run for a second term.
After an eight year break, during which time I attended council meetings and wrote Letters to the Editor on various issues, I decided to run again in 2008—my third run.
When the results came in the morning after election night, it appeared I was tied with one of the incumbents— there was a one or two vote difference. But later, the incumbent pulled ahead with the absentee ballots.
So this 2016 campaign is my fourth run for a seat on the Ojai City Council.
Please click on the About Suza page for my Candidate Statement.
Thank you, and please vote in the November 2016 election