The June 5 Primary Presidential Election is Tuesday, June 5 and to save you some time researching the candidates and the measures you'll be deciding on, Scotts Valley Patch has put together this guide for you.
The following contests are on the ballot:
- US President
- US Senate: Diane Feinstein is the incumbent
- US Representative: District 18, Anna Eshoo is the incumbent.
- State Senate: District 17, Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel, is competing against Scotts Valley School Board Member Larry Beaman, a Republican.
- State Assembly: District 29, Current Fifth District Supervisor Mark Stone, a Democrat, is running to succeed Monning against small business owner Bob Fultz, a Democrat, and businessman Tom Walsh, a Republican.
- Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors: District 1, John Leopold is the incumbent and he is facing opposition from local activist Charles Paulden and Gary Arnold. The District includes Live Oak, Soquel, the Summit area and the Carbonera area of Scotts Valley.
- Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors: District 5, Current Supervisor Mark Stone is running for State Assembly. Former Secretary of State is vying for the seat along with Lompico County Water Board member and local contractor and Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District Board member . The District includes Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley.
- Santa Cruz Measure I: Keeps an increased parcel tax of $38 per parcel, which would have expired. The money will be used in the high schools and exemptions are available for seniors.
- Santa Cruz Measure J: Does the same thing for elementrary schools, keeping the parcel tax of $85 for the next eight years to fund education. Its goals are: retaining high quality teachers;retaining art and music teachers;keeping school libraries open and served by credentialed librarians, library assistants, and teachers; providing academic counseling and continuing to improve classroom academics.
- State Proposition 28: Reduces the total amount of time a person may serve in the state legislature from 14 years to 12 years. Allows a person to serve a total of 12 years either in the Assembly, the Senate, or a combination of both. Applies only to legislators first elected after the measure is passed. Provides that legislators elected before the measure is passed continue to be subject to existing term limits. (Majority vote to pass)
- State Proposition 29: Imposes additional five-cent tax on each cigarette distributed ($1 per pack), and an equivalent tax increase on other tobacco products, to fund cancer research and other specified purposes. Requires tax revenues be deposited into a special fund to finance research and research facilities focused on detecting, preventing, treating, and curing cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and other tobacco-related diseases, and to finance prevention programs. Creates nine-member committee charged with administering the fund. (Majority vote to pass)
There are three ways to vote, by mail, early or at the polls, which are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Mail-in ballots that have not been mailed can be dropped off at either the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections Department, 701 Ocean St., Room 210, Santa Cruz, one of the City Clerk's offices in Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley or Watsonville, or at any of the 130 voting precincts in Santa Cruz County on Election Day.
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