Who’s on Your Ballot?

Thursday, October 20, 2016 Written by 
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A look at national, state and local candidates


There is no doubt that the presidential race has stolen the spotlight from state and local races in terms of media coverage.  Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential pick Tim Kaine have been embroiled in an usually contentious battle against Republican rival Donald Trump and vice presidential candidate Mike Pence. It’s really nasty—even by Washington’s standards.


The daily barrage of insults and scandals, leaked emails and videotapes continue to play out like a soap opera. And it’s easy to get caught up in the latest drama.  But at the end of the day, voters have an obligation to choose candidates they believe will best represent them.  And that means in their cities and states as well as the nation.


Here is a brief rundown of what Inglewood voters will find on the ballot:


Did you know there are presidential candidates on the ballot from 3 other parties?  Presidential nominee Gary Johnson and running mate Bill Weld are running on the Libertarian ticket; Green Party nominees Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka are also running, and the  Peace and Freedom Party has nominated Gloria Estela La Riva and Dennis J. Banks.


State Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, both Democrats, are each hoping to become the next U.S. Senator from California.  Long term incumbent Barbra Boxer is retiring.


Incumbent Rep. Maxine Waters is running to hang onto her seat in the 43rd Congressional District against Omar Navarro.


At the state level, two leaders well known in Inglewood are running for office in the Senate and Assembly.  Former District 62 Assemblymember Steve Bradford  is running for a California Senate seat in District 35 against fellow Democrat Warren T. Furutani.  Incumbent and Democratic State Assemblymember Autumn Burke is running for re-election against Republican, Marco Antonio “Tony” Leal, and Baron Bruno, a Libertarian in District 62.


There are 4 races for Superior Court judges.  Candidates include Steven Schreiner and Debra R. Archuleta (Office No. 11); Efrain Matthew Aceves and Alicia Molina (Office No. 42); Javier Perez and Susan Jung Townsend (Office No. 84); and Kim L. Nguyen and David A. Berger (Office No. 158).


There are 17 state propositions and 1 county measure on the ballot.  For more information, consult your voter information pamphlet, sample ballot or go online to www.lavote.net.


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