For busy Californians, this is an attempt to help narrow down the choices. The task of coming up with my own ballot was daunting given the large number of candidates in each category. I researched most candidates, some more extensively than the others.
My voting Philosophy: For the past 40 years, I have voted across party lines. I tend to favor socially progressive candidates. My hi-tech business experience makes me lean towards: less government regulations, exercising fiscal restain and favoring those who can make things happen.
Gavin Newsom (D): Current Lt. Governor of California. Smart and polished speaker, was involved in running successful business. 1st Choice
Antonio Villaraigosa (D): Most inspirational candidate, can do the job. 2nd Choice
Travis Allen (R): Consistent stand on issues, smart and should be doing better in polls. 3rd Choice
John Cox (R): He changes opinion depending on which way it serves him better. Has no real agenda, but also no known scandals.
Lydia Ortega (R): Has contradicting ideologies of #metoo# and supports Donal Trump, an economist. 1st Choice
Jeff Bliech (D): Attorney, ambassador under Obama. 2nd Choice
Gayle McLaughlin (no party): Ex Mayor of Richmond. Supports medicare for all which I do not favor.
David Fennel (R): Does not have much of an agenda.
SECRETARY OF STATE:
Serves as the state’s chief election officer:
Mark P. Meuser (R): Attorney and a dynamic candidate. Check out http://politicalvanguard.com/5-questions-for-mark-p-meuser/. 1st Choice
Alex Padilla: Incumbent, an MIT graduate. In 2017, when Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, requested information on registered voters from all states dating back to 2006, Secretary Padilla refused to provide the information, as he believed that it will be used to claim that ‘millions of Californians voted illegally’. 2nd Choice
Manages the state’s investments, and administers the sale of state bonds and notes. Important that the person be well versed in making investments. Check out http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/candidates/treasurer-candidate-statements.htm.
Jack M. Guerrero (R): Well educated and qualified for the job. 1st Choice
Fiona Ma (D): CPA, smart. but her experience hardly lends to this job. 2nd Choice
As the state’s chief law officer, ensures that state laws are enforced and investigates fraudulent or illegal activities. Heads the Department of Justice. Oversees law enforcement agencies. All major candidates are either on the right or left. Check out: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/candidates/attorney-general-candidate-statements.htm
Dave Jones (D): Has better ideologies, can do the job. 1st Choice
Xavier Becerra (D): Incumbent, dynamic, yet politically charged against Trump. 2nd Choice
Steven C. Bailey (R): Retired Judge. Toes Republican party line. 3rd Choice
Heads the Department of Insurance, which enforces California insurance laws and adopts regulations to implement the laws. Insurance is a broader topic than just health insurance. Check out: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/candidates/insurance-commissioner-candidate-statements.htm
Steve Poizner (no Party): Was earlier California Insurance Commissioner for one term. He does not affiliate with a party as he does not want to be influenced by Insurance companies. 1st Choice
Ricardo Lara (D): Currently State Senator. Wants to stand up to President Trump. 2nd Choice
UNITED STATES SENATOR:
32 candidates. Check out: http://extras.mercurynews.com/primary2018/senate.html
Dianne Feinstein (D): Incumbent. She is perceived less energetic candidate due to her age — 85. 1st Choice
Kevin de León (D): Current State Senate leader. He is considered as a more serious contender, but is far behind in the polls compared to Feinstein . Rampant sexual harassment in the State Senate under his leadership has been an issue. He is not accused of any sexual misconduct.
James P. Bradley (R): A businessman; a little-known Republicans to earn support from 10 percent of likely voters in the UC Berkeley IGS poll.
Patrick Little (R): Known for his anti-Semite views. NO
Proposition 68: It proposes issuing new bonds for many good causes that Californians care about. I do not support additional interest expenses with the added debt. We should manage these initiatives by reallocation of existing funds. NO
Proposition 69: It is a no brainer, as it mandates that taxes raised for transportation can only be spent on transportation, which is much needed in California. It does not proposes any additional taxes. YES
Proposition 70: It is a controversial proposition. In California, since the State Legislature tends to have democratic majority, this proposition will require super-majority for certain spending decision, making GOP voices count. I like constructive tension when it comes to spending money. YES
Proposition 71: Introduces longer waiting time after the day of the polls, and before it becomes law, to account for mail absentee ballots. It seems reasonable given that there is a steady increase in percentage people voting-by-mail in California. YES
Proposition 72: Easy decision for the voters, as it promotes future water conservation expenses without increasing property taxes. YES
Vinita. This is enormously helpful. I have been scratching my head about a few candidates and propositions as I want to cast a wise vote and have not taken the time to dig deeper to make my decisions. Your observations confirm many of my observations and clear up others. Thank you so much.
A good reminder for all of us to vote on June 5. I just mailed my ballot. We do not want to repeat what happened in November 2016 elections. This article should be helpful in narrowing down our choices. Please forward this to your friends and family.