The 2018 midterms will have a monumental impact on the future direction of America and the primaries are just as important as the general election. The following is my guide for who to vote for in California. I also have my preferences for local candidates in Santa Clara County listed. My preferences are based on how progressive a candidate’s positions are, what they already have achieved, how their campaigns are financed, and whether I like those who have endorsed the candidate or proposition. Elections that apply to the whole state are underlined.
The California primary is on Tuesday, June 5th!
Make sure you get out and vote for a better California!
Governor of California:
I support Gavin Newsom, the current Lieutenant Governor. He has a proven progressive record on gun control and has progressive positions that break with the current governor. He opposes fracking and supports medicare for all and free community college.
Jeff Bleich has my support. He is endorsed by numerous strong progressive individuals and groups including Sierra Club and Congressman Ro Khanna.
California Secretary Of State:
Alex Padilla has done a good job so far. He has my support.
California State Controller:
Betty Yee has not messed up so far at her job. I believe that she will do a good job in a second term.
Vivek Viswanathan is running a clean campaign without corporate donations and has a progressive platform of increasing funding for education and healthcare.
Attorney General of California:
Xavier Becerra has done a great job suing the Trump Administration to keep California’s environment protected and to keep immigrants safe. He will continue doing great in a second term.
Ricardo Lara is the main supporter of medicare for all in the California State Senate. Putting him in charge of medical will help us along on the path to universal coverage.
Member of State Board of Equalization for District 2:
Malia Cohen has a progressive platform for a fairer tax code. She has my support.
United States Senator from California:
Kevin De Leon, the President Pro Tem of the California State Senate is much more progressive than the incumbent, Dianne Feinstein. De Leon has supported criminal justice reform for his whole career, unlike Feinstein who only started supporting reforms to racist practices last year and who took until just a month ago to support marijuana legalization. De Leon also supports medicare for all and tuition-free public college, two positions which Dianne Feinstein still opposes. Kevin De Leon has progressive credentials including sponsoring the bill which made California a sanctuary state. California deserves a better senator than Feinstein and Kevin De Leon will be that senator.
I support all Bay Area incumbents except for Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco.
If you live in District 12, please vote for Stephen Jaffe, a strong progressive berniecrat who supports medicare for all and an end to money in politics. Pelosi gives democrats everywhere a bad name and with all due respect to her, is not at all progressive enough for San Francisco.
Marc Berman in District 24 has a strong progressive record. I have spoken with him in person about several issues and he has my support.
Recall of Judge Aaron Persky:
Judge Persky has proved himself to be unworthy of his role as a judge. He has on multiple occasions allowed extremely lenient sentences for sex-offenders while he judges other crimes based on specific circumstances. Persky handed down the infamously weak sentence in the Brock Turner case and also sentenced a man convicted of child pornography to only four days in jail. Aaron Persky has shown that he is incapable of taking sex crimes seriously. The recall of Judge Persky will not affect the independence of the judiciary. Instead, it will only send a message to sex offenders that neither they nor their enablers will be tolerated. The recall of Judge Aaron Persky is supported by several prominent law professors and by elected officials including Congressman Ro Khanna and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Judge to succeed Persky if he is recalled:
Cindy Hendrickson is currently the Assistant District Attorney of Santa Clara County. She has important experience and will be a good judge if elected.
Superintendent of Public Instruction:
Tony Thurmond has a progressive record on education in the state legislature. He supports tuition-free community college and increasing funding for public schools. Thurmond also supports banning for-profit charter schools and has a detailed plan for breaking the school to prison pipeline.
A measure to authorize bonds in order to fund projects relating to water conservation, parks, protected areas, and climate change ready infrastructure.
Requires that state revenue from transportation (tolls, gas taxes) be used for transportation infrastructure.
Requires a supermajority vote in the State Legislature in order to uses funds from cap and trade laws.
Ballot measures will come into effect within five days of the Secretary of State certifies the results of the election.
Tax exemptions for rain capture systems.
Regional Measure 3:
Increases bridge tolls by $3 over time in order to fund improvements to public transportation and reduce traffic congestion.