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May 26

Suggestions for Voting at June 3 “Primary” Election, from RADC

Dear Members and Friends:

The election is coming up in a few days, and some of you are already voting by mail. We thought you might appreciate some guidance from club members on whom and what to vote for. We are providing you with the attached list to help guide your selections.  At the RADC meeting on May 24, all candidates and propositions on the ballot were discussed. This was not a forum in which candidates were invited to speak, and the attached list does not represent a set of formal endorsements. However, some of the selections were obvious (e.g., official endorsement by the state party, previously endorsed by the club, or only Democrat on the ballot). Other listings are candidates who drew the most favorable comments at the meeting, as explained on the list.

Statewide Primary Election  Tuesday, June 3, 2014

(No formal RADC endorsement votes were taken, but the following were preferred at club meeting of 5/24/14, and/or are endorsed by state party (see footnote)

Governor: Jerry Brown*

Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom*

Secretary of State: Derek Cressman (VP for state operations at Common Cause, has worked for fair elections

for years, recommended by former regional director John Smith): drew the most favorable comments.

Controller – Two favorites: Betty T. Yee (member of Board of Equalization, energetic and popular at state convention) vs. John Perez (visionary progressive former Speaker of state Assembly): both drew favorable comments. State party has no endorsement.

Treasurer: John Chiang*

Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris*

Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones*

Member, State Board of Equalization District 4: Nader Shahatit (only Democrat on ballot)

US Representative District 31: Pete Aguilar*(formally endorsed last year by RADC)

Member of the State Assembly District 40: Melissa O’Donnell*

(State) Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson*

County Superintendent of Schools: Rita Ramirez (only known Democrat on ballot; has background in education)

County Assessor/Recorder: Dan Harp (more progressive than opponent Bob Dutton, thought by some to be a Democrat)

Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector: Larry Walker (Democrat; spoke at George Brown dinner)

District Attorney: Michael A. Ramos (moderate; opposed by more conservative candidate Grover Merritt)

Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator: Clifton Harris (progressive African American with sensitivity to criminal justice concerns of minorities, drew favorable comments); one member noted that incumbent John McMahon has wide support within Sheriff’s department.)

Proposition 41 (Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014): YES*

Proposition 42 (Public Records. Open Meetings. State Reimbursement to Local Agencies.

Legislative Constitutional Amendment): YES*

*Asterisk denotes a candidate’s/proposition’s endorsement by the CA state democratic party

Sep 09

Video

31st CD Candidate forum

Mar 20

The Road We’ve Traveled

Remember how far we’ve come. From Academy Award®-winning director Davis Guggenheim: “The Road We’ve Traveled”.

Narrated by actor Tom Hanks, this film gives an inside look at some of the tough calls President Obama made to get our country back on track.

Featuring interviews from President Bill Clinton, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Elizabeth Warren, David Axelrod, Austan Goolsbee, and more.

It’s a film everyone should see.