Heather’s Story

“I bring to my candidacy more than 15 years as a Community Organizer, working in and around Ventura County. As the founder of the Neighborhood Watch Program for Village at the Park in 2015, I saw first hand the vital need for community participation in the safety and growth of our community.”

  • April 15, 1982

    Heather Christena Schmidt is born to Raymond and Mary Schmidt, in Palos Heights, Illinois, going on to grow up in Homer Glen, Illinois – a community with the same appeal and values as Camarillo.

  • June 2000

    Heather and her father Ray relocate from the Chicagoland suburbs to Ventura, California, where Heather attends Ventura College, and later California Lutheran University, majoring in Political Science and Philosophy.

  • January 2007

    After working as a Pharmacy Technician through out all of college, and interning on two Congressional campaigns in Ventura County just before graduation, Heather becomes employed in 2007 as a Community Organizer for the 501(c)3 Ventura County Working People’s Alliance. Here she works in education, community awareness campaigns, health care initiatives, voter’s rights advocacy, and livable wage and job campaigns.

  • June 2010

    Heather and her husband Nicholas and children, move to Camarillo, CA. They live near City Hall at first, before moving to Village at the Park. Here Heather transitions to a volunteer organizing capacity, where she is involved in a variety of community organizing positions.

    She becomes heavily involved in the growth of the Camarillo Art Center, working as a teacher and outreach coordinator. In 2015, she founds the Village at the Park Neighborhood Watch program, which continues to spans the entire community of VATP today. During her time organizing in this endeavor, she hosts several community education seminars with local law enforcement, as well as a large scale event for the entire community to have fire, police, local businesses, entertainment and food – the event has more than 300 people in attendance from in and around the community. As her last duty with the watch, Heather fundraises and secures the placement of 28 Neighborhood Watch signs through out the community.

    During this time, Heather has also now begun her personal business as a Freelance Writer, and founds the AAC Publishing Network Group – an online community based network of writers, editors, and other artists.

  • October 2016

    Heather and family, as well as her father now living with the them, move to District 4, near Tierra Linda and Woodcreek Park. This is where she resides today with her husband Nicholas, father Raymond, and three children – Alexis, Ava, and Andrew. Heather is also now homeschooling her children, and currently attending graduate school.

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