In the past, I have published my thoughts on the various candidates and measures on the ballot. This year is no different.
Note: Thinking that primaries don’t matter, and that you don’t need to vote? WRONG. There are a number of important measures not related to the presidential primaries that you should consider, especially if issues like housing and homelessness are important to you.
Party Nominated Offices
I am torn here, and really don’t have a favorite. There are still a few candidates who have dropped out who are still on the ballot, like Castro and Booker(sob). I’ll likely vote for Biden/Warren/Buttigieg. For the record, I’ll vote for whoever the nominee is.
County Central Committee
These are the voting members of the local party to get to go to the state convention, and vote on things like endorsements. When you here “Local party endorses candidate X”, its these people that vote. There are 6-9 slots per Assembly District. I’m in AD 28. The people I know and am going to vote for include:
- Angelica Ramos
- Helen Chapman
- Shay Franco-Clausen
- James Kim
- Adrienne Grey
All are long term progressive activists. You get to pick 6, but you don’t have to.
US Rep, District 19
Zoe Lofgren. No question. She’s a decent, hard working public servant and House Impeachment Manager. I’m so proud to be represented by her.
Vote Dave 2020. While Anne Ravel is impressive, former FEC Commissioner during the Obama Administration, Dave Cortese is a great local progressive leader. Support him please.
Member of State Assembly, District 28
Please re-elect Evan Low.
Non-partisan Office and Measures
No idea. But all the judges on my ballot are running unopposed.
Ruben Navarro. A local activist. Dev Davis has been hostile to spending on housing and homelessness, and is a “former” Republican.
State Measure 13
Yes. Look, I don’t like spending on bonds any more than the next guy, but this is the only way to get around Prop 13 and to ensure we improve California Schools.
City Measure E
Yes. This is an added tax on luxury home sales which will be applied to help housing and homelessness in San Jose. Please vote for this.