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Heitmann Selected Ventura Mayor, Andrews Rejected Again

Deputy Mayor Erik Nasarenko

Deputy Mayor Erik Nasarenko

After a dozen years on the council, and reelection in November to another four, Councilman Neal Andrews was again rejected by his fellow council members to be mayor, or even deputy mayor. Instead, the council unanimously selected Deputy Mayor Cheryl Heitmann to be mayor for the next two years, and on a 5-2 vote selected newly elected Councilman Erik Nasarenko to be deputy mayor. Councilman Mike Tracy was blunt, questioning Andrews’ ability to be “honest, dependable and trustworthy in representing the views of the entire council.

Mayor Cheryl Heitmann

Mayor Cheryl Heitmann

” Tracy said it wasn’t Andrews’ positions on issues that disqualified him for deputy mayor or mayor, but rather his inability to work with the other council members and respect their views. Tracy said being on the council for a long time did not mean you deserved to be mayor or deputy mayor. But several people from the audience spoke in favor of making Andrews either mayor or deputy mayor saying he was being punished simply for disagreeing with some other council members. Those who voted to make Nasarenko deputy mayor instead of Andrews were Tracy, and council members Christy Weir, Jim Monahan, Mayor Heitmann, and Nasarenko.

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