The district includes 0.76% of Los Angeles County (including 1.07% of the city Los Angeles and all of unincorporated Castaic, Gorman and Val Verde), and 46.59% of Ventura County (including Camarillo, Casa Conejo, Fillmore, Meiners Oaks, Mira Monte, Moorpark, Oak View, Ojai, Piru, Santa Paula, 35.61% of Simi Valley, and Thousand Oaks)
Jeff is a Navy Reservist (Lt. Commander), who was able to enjoy representing his district for less than four months before being recalled to active duty and deployed to Afghanistan. He is due to return this March 2012.
The Democrats in Ventura County, knowing the majority of people in AD-37 are not only Republican, but conservative, and, many are in the military, work at Naval Base Ventura County, or are in a defense-related field. Bashing Gorell’s absence, while normal operation procedure, would’ve gone over like a lead zeppelin in this area.
So instead the area Democrats went and found a guy (nice guy, seems like), Tom Mullins, who enlisted for four years back in the Vietnam era, and while seeing no combat that service will be the only equalizer for them to grab onto when facing an incumbent candidate.
Still Mullins isn’t deluded to think that it would be an easy race for him;
“I don’t have any illusions about how hard it will be,” he said. “I’ll be running against a well-funded incumbent, and nobody will expect me to win. But you can’t have a democracy if you don’t have choices.”
Here’s a refresher from his campaign biography;
Jeff Gorell was elected to the California State Assembly in 2010. He lives in Camarillo with his wife Laura, daughter Ashley and son Jack.
As of March 18th, 2011, Jeff Gorell has been called back to active duty by the U.S. Navy for a one year deployment to Afghanistan. During this time he is taking a leave of absence from the California State Assembly.
With experience as a successful small business owner, university adjunct professor, county criminal prosecutor, naval intelligence officer, war veteran, and former aide to the Governor, Jeff Gorell brings a broad spectrum of public and private sector experience to the State Capitol.
Most recently, Jeff has been part-owner of a regional public affairs firm and served as senior counsel in a Ventura-based law firm. He also taught public policy at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA.
A third generation navy man, Jeff is proud to be a veteran of the War on Terror and currently serves as a Lt. Commander in the United States Navy Reserve. Within days of Sept 11, 2001, Jeff was recalled to active duty to support Operation Enduring Freedom and served for one year forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf and Afghanistan. He was decorated for leadership and meritorious actions in a combat zone. Jeff is the grandson of a Navy Seabee who fought in the Pacific during World War II, and the son of a career naval officer and Vietnam veteran.
From 1999-2006, Jeff Gorell served as Ventura County Deputy District Attorney where he served as a trial prosecutor in the major narcotics and violent felony units. He prosecuted multiple “strike” career criminals, gang violence, and drug trafficking.
Jeff represented job creators in Sacramento when, from 1996 to 1999, he served as Director of Communications for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association. He advocated for job-growth legislation in the areas of taxes, regulations, workers compensation, tort reform, and trade law.
In the early 1990s, Jeff Gorell served on the personal staff of Governor Pete Wilson in the State Capitol. As a writer and deputy press secretary to the governor, Jeff helped the Administration develop its message for such important state policy changes as “Three Strikes,” state welfare reform, manufacturers’ investment tax credits, “Megan’s Law,” and class size reduction.
Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in History from U.C. Davis and his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He also has earned a certificate in international law from the University of Salzburg, Austria, where he studied under Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Keep your head down, Jeff. One month and counting.