Election is for governor, senator, five measures, more

| May 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Los Angeles County ballots for the Tues., June 5 primary election include 27 candidates who have qualified to run for the open seat of Governor of California representing five different political parties, with five of the candidates declining to state a party affiliation.

There are 31 candidates running for U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, including nine others in the Democratic party, 11 Republicans, nine candidates who decline to state a party, and one each from the Libertarian and Peace and Freedom parties.

Other statewide offices up for election include open seats for Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, and Member of the State Board of Equalization.

Incumbent Secretary of State Alex Padilla has seven opponents. Incumbent Controller Betty Yee has two opponents. Appointed Attorney General Xavier Becerra has three opponents.

Local incumbent members of Congress running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives are Adam Schiff (28th District), Ted Lieu (33rd District), Jimmy Gomez (34th District) and Karen Bass (37th District).

There also are candidates for State Senate and State Assembly, plus 36 people running to fill 11 Superior Court judgeships. All of those are open judgeships except for Office No. 63, where there is a challenger to longtime Judge Malcolm H. Mackey.

Judge Mackey has the distinction of being the only candidate among the 36 on the ballot to have been rated by the Los Angeles County Bar Association as “Exceptionally Well Qualified.” (His challenger was rated “Not Qualified.”)

Finally, there are the following five State Measures on the ballot, whose descriptions here are taken from the “Los Angeles Times:”

Proposition 68: Borrowing for parks and wildlife protection.

Proposition 69: A lockbox for California’s new transportation cash.

Proposition 70: A future showdown over climate change cash.

Proposition 71: Count the votes before a proposition becomes a law.

Proposition 72: No new taxes for home rainwater collection systems.

The California Secretary of State has mailed to voters the ballot arguments for and against Propositions 68, 69, and 70, written by multiple advocates pro and con. For Proposition 71 (ballot measures’ effective dates), the only opposition in the official voter information guide comes from one individual. For Proposition 72 (exclusion of rainwater collection systems from property tax), there was no argument submitted against the measure.

Vote on June 5!

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