VC Sheriff and District Attorney candidate forum - May 4

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From left: Bill Ayub, James Fryhoff, John Barrick and Erik Nasarenko. 

Four candidates for two elected law enforcement positions will discuss social and racial justice issues in the work those two positions perform at an upcoming forum at 6-8 p.m., on Wednesday, May 4. 

Incumbent Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub and candidate VCSO Commander James Fryhoff are both running for the seat of Ventura County Sheriff and will take questions during the forum’s first hour, from 6-7 p.m., moderated by Perry Martin, Jr., a professor of business at Moorpark College and former executive director of the Oxnard-based Community Advocacy Coalition.

Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko and senior prosecutor John Barrick, with the VCDA's office, will take questions during the event’s second hour, moderated by Frank P. Barajas, a professor of history at California State University Channel Islands. Nasarenko was appointed to the office in January after the former VCDA, Greg Totten retired.

The forum is hosted by a coalition of community-based advocacy organizations is sponsoring the forum, including Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), Black Lawyers of Ventura County, Get Out the Vote - Ventura County, Santa Paula Latino Town Hall, Community Advocacy Coalition, Latinx Bar Association, Indivisible: Conejo, and Buen Vecino.

The event is taking place in person at Pacifica High School, 600 E. Gonzalez Road, Oxnard and via live stream at:

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