General Election Voter Guide

John Cox for Governor

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California has the highest poverty rate in the nation.  Our schools are failing and millions of forgotten Californians cannot afford decent housing.  Millions more must choose between buying a half tank of gas or groceries for their families, a choice no one should have to make.  All of this happened on Gavin Newsom’s watch.

Thanks to businessman John Cox, help is on the way.

Mark Meuser for Secretary of State

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“I am going to restore integrity to our election process. Regardless of your party, the counting of your vote should not be a partisan issue. It is time that the counting of our vote become an open process so that voters can once again be confident that their vote counts.”

Steven Bailey for Attorney General

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Judge Steven Bailey (Ret.) is calling on Californians of all political persuasions to unite in support of his campaign to bring a fair and impartial approach to the Attorney General’s office and refocus the state’s top law enforcement position on reducing crime. “California needs an Attorney General focused on solving our problems, not fighting Washington D.C.”

Konstantinos Roditis for Controller

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“Our Controller needs to be rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse and seeking to make California more affordable, not turning a blind eye to the reckless waste in Sacramento. And that is why I want to serve as your next State Controller. Join me in my fight to root out corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse and bring sound fiscal policies that benefit taxpayers, not special interest groups.”

Greg Conlon for Treasurer

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Greg Conlon is the only candidate for Treasurer with statewide experience being President of the California Public Utilities Commission and a Commissioner of the California Transportation Commission. He sees where California needs fiscal help and has the passion, drive and knowledge on how to get the job done.

Senator Ted Gaines for Board of Equalization - District 1

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Ted Gaines is the taxpayer advocate we need to lead the fight to stop higher taxes, reduce burdensome regulations and create jobs.

“I promise to continue fighting to protect California families and taxpayers while bringing competition and economic growth to California.”

Charlie Schaupp for Congress - District 3

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As a retired United States Marine Corps Officer,  Charlie has the experience, leadership and courage to say “Enough is Enough” to the professional politicians. He pledges to reinstate confidence and accountability in Washington, to provide fair honest leadership, and to provide proper care of our forests, open areas, dams and flood control.

Andrew Grant for Congress - District 7

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Andrew Grant is a business leader and former intelligence officer, who served in combat as a Marine, a senior official in the U.S. State Department, and for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  As CEO of the Northern California World Trade Center, he helped regional businesses expand their international trade opportunities, creating more good-paying jobs for Californians.

Marla Livengood for Congress - District 9

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Raised on her family’s farm in Collegeville, Marla Livengood personally knows the hard work and dedication of Valley Farmers and those that support the 9th Congressional District’s multi-billion-dollar Agriculture Industry. She currently serves as Regulatory Affairs Manager for the California Strawberry Commission where she represents farmers, processors and shippers of California’s strawberry industry.

Senator Jim Nielsen for Re-Election - District 4

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A successful farmer and rancher, Senator Jim Nielsen grew up on a small farm in the San Joaquin Valley. He worked as a ranch foreman and operated the family cattle, field and row-crop ranch. He later founded a company that utilized rice hulls and rice straw for fuel. Elected to the State Senate in January 2013, Senator Nielsen serves as Chair of the Senate Republican Caucus, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Vice Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review. He serves as a member of the Senate Committees on Appropriations and Health. Nielsen spearheaded the opposition to liberal tax increases, and rallied conservatives in favor of fiscal responsibility, smaller government and an improved business climate to provide good jobs for the people of California.

Supervisor Andreas Borgeas for Senate - District 8

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Andreas Borgeas is a proud husband, father, and Fresno County Supervisor, serving the communities of Fresno and Clovis. He previously served on the Fresno City Council and as a professor of international security law at the San Joaquin College of Law.

“I will cast a vote to repeal the gas tax hike and vote for a plan to use the billions in surplus we already have to fund much-needed projects to improve our roads.”

“As your Senator, I will continue the fight to preserve the California Dream and protect Proposition 13 from those who want to raise your property taxes.”

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley for Re-Election - District 6

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After graduating from Harvard, Kevin taught 10th-grade English at a high school in South Central Los Angeles, where he chaired the English department and led his students to significant academic gains. Later, as a Deputy Attorney General, Kevin represented the People of California in cases involving convicted felons.

Elected to the California State Assembly in 2016, Kevin has won statewide acclaim for his legislation to expand parental choice for underserved students, ensure impartial descriptions of ballot initiatives, and end the practice of government double taxation. He serves as Vice Chair of the Assembly Education Committee and of the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, and is a member of the Public Safety Committee, Governmental Organization Committee, Judiciary Committee, and Higher Education Committee.

Scott Schmidt for Assembly - District 7

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“I am a realtor, owned an online bookstore for the past 6 years and other online businesses, I’m 30 years young, been with my soon to be wife for 10 years( wedding will be soon enough, waited a long time to get the perfect ring for her), obtained a bachelors degree in public administration at CSU Chico, republican, Cuban American and a great conversationalist.”

“I want to restore real representation to the people, fix the homeless crisis which is getting worse in Sacramento, get specials interests out of our government for good and get rid of the divisions that have ruined the fabric of our country!”

Melinda Avey for Assembly - District 8

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Melinda Avey is a small business owner and community leader running to represent the people of the 8th Assembly District in the California State Legislature. 

A 40-year resident of Fair Oaks, Melinda and her husband moved to the Sacramento suburbs in 1978 to raise their children in a tight knit community. 

Melinda has been appointed by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors as their representative to a variety of boards and councils including the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board and the Human Services Coordinated Council. Most recently, she was appointed to serve on a Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee workgroup tasked with addressing the rising tide of homelessness in local neighborhoods. She also serves on the Methamphetamine Task Force. 

Lisa Romero for Assembly - District 11

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Lisa Romero is running for the State Assembly in the 11th District with a new approach to healthcare, veterans, children, education, taxes and spending, water, agriculture, public safety, mental health, infrastructure, social welfare, business regulations, climate change and the environment, aging, and affordable housing.

Lisa is a nurse, educator, mother, and Latina, born and raised in New Mexico in a bilingual home. She has lived in Contra Costa and Solano Counties for 18 years, invested in real estate and committed to healthcare.

Lisa Romero is a proponent of Repealing the Car and Gas Tax. This not only effects every California Citizen, it also effects businesses and farms. You not only pay the gas and car tax, you also pay more for your food and products because these tax expenses are passed through to the consumer. Her opponent was the co-author of the gas tax increase (SB 1.)

Endorsed Candidates in Local Races:

Citrus Heights City Council Member Jeannie Bruins for Re-election

Citrus Heights City Council Member Al Fox for Re-election

Citrus Heights City Council Member Steve Miller for Re-election

Treston Shull for Citrus Heights City Council

Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume for Re-election

Sarah Aquino for Folsom City Council

Mike Kozlowski for Folsom City Council

Galt City Council Member Mark Crews for Re-election

Rich Lozano for Galt City Council

Rancho Cordova City Council Member Linda Budge for Re-election

Joshua Hoover for Folsom Cordova Unified School District Board

David Reid for Folsom Cordova Unified School District Board

Ed Short for Folsom Cordova Unified School District Board

Angela Spease for SMUD – Ward 4

Jerry Braxmeyer for Cosumnes Community Services District

Gerald Pasek for Rancho Murieta Community Services District

Ralph Merletti for Southgate Recreation and Parks District

Patrick Maple for Galt Union High School District

Mathew Pratton for Galt Union High School District

Local Measures:

No on City of Sacramento Measure U (Tax Increase)
No on City of Folsom Measure E (Tax Increase)

 

Statewide Measures:

Prop. 1 – Veterans Bond Act (Oppose) – there have been too many bonds issued and the money isn’t even spent! A comprehensive approach is needed to address housing shortages that will benefit veterans and all Californians. In the meantime, we have a huge surplus that should be used to help our vets.
Prop. 2 – No Place Like Home (Support) – the Legislature recently put this measure on the ballot to allow existing mental health funds to to be used for homeless programs. Currently, people who are homeless cannot qualify for mental health services because of residency requirements, leaving the most vulnerable, and sometimes violent, without assistance. The County of Sacramento includes a population of homeless people, 50% of whom have mental health issues.
Prop. 3 – Water Bond Act (Neutral) – while we support using tax dollars to improve our water storage infrastructure, the GOP is not convinced the Legislature will appropriate even more bond money to our priorities. Bonds have been passed in previous elections for water storage, and none have been built!
Prop. 4 – Children’s Hospital Bond Act (Oppose) – the GOP does not think it is appropriate to use bonds to fund private hospitals. If they need support, the funds should come out of the General Fund at the expense of other programs.
Prop. 5 – Property Owner Taxes (Support) – this allows homeowners over 55 years old or those severely disabled to transfer their property tax base to a replacement residence. Contaminated or disaster destroyed properties also included.
Prop. 6 – Repeal the Gas Tax (Support) – California already had one of the highest gas tax rates in the nation before the Legislature increased it again! Unfortunately, millions of those funds where diverted to non-transportation programs. If taxpayers are successful in repealing the most recent increase in the gas, diesel and car registration fees, the Legislature will simply need to use the funds they already extract at the pump to fix our roads. Sign up to help repeal the gas tax at www.GasTaxRepeal.org for more info.
Prop. 7 – Daylight Savings Time (Support) – the Legislature would be authorized by 2/3 vote to take advantage of federal law, should it change to allow for year-round daylight savings time.
Prop. 8 – Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics (Oppose) – the unions are seeking to control private kidney dialysis clinics by placing a cap on revenues, potentially impacting care for critically ill patients.
Prop. 9 – Dividing California into Three States (Removed from ballot by Court)
Prop. 10 – Expanding Rent Control (Oppose) – allows local governments to impose stronger rent controls, even though the practice is not working to keep prices down in New York or other big cities. This will result in fewer rental properties when California needs more affordable housing, not less.
Prop. 11 – Ambulance Employees On Call During Breaks (Support) – the Legislature wouldn’t solve this, so it had to go to a vote of the people. Emergency response drivers would be able to respond to a call even if they are on a break.
Prop. 12 – Confinement of Farm Animals (Oppose) – a recent successful ballot measure set specifications for confinement of livestock, and this measure takes it further. The livestock industry says this will drive them out of the State as they cannot afford to comply.