Ventura sees a lack of minority representation on Islip's Town Council and inequality in the way tax dollars are spent among the different communities in the town, and vows to change that if elected. "I want to make sure the government funds are distributed equally," Ventura said. "A big portion of my community is Latino. As a Hispanic, I feel I'd be the best option because I can relate and understand the needs of that part of the community." Ventura said she wants to work with the county to get more police patrols in troubled areas and bring more programs for children.
Ventura, 43, is running in a Democratic primary. She was brought to the United States from El Salvador in 1986 and has lived in Central Islip for the past 28 years. With her husband, they started their own trucking company in 2003, Dynasty Logistics, of Central Islip, where she is now the president and general manager. In September, Ventura was elected as a 6th District state Democratic Committee member. She also serves as treasurer of the Central Islip-based nonprofit Comite de Damas Latino Americanas (COLADA) that helps connect Hispanic women with social services, and is a member of the Salvadoran-American Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband have two children.