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Tuesday, 31 May 2016 20:21

California Presidential Primary Quickly Approaching

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Voters will be casting votes for State Assembly, United States Representative, Proposition 50, United States Senator, and President of the United States. Voters will be casting votes for State Assembly, United States Representative, Proposition 50, United States Senator, and President of the United States. Brandon McMillan
The California Presidential Primary Election is drawing closer and California could stand to make a huge impact on multiple races this election cycle.

The first thing on the mind of most people is the Presidential primary races. President Barack Obama will be finishing his second term in office, and, while Donald Trump (R) remains the only Republican candidate still operating his campaign, the Democratic race still stands to be decided between the Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

AP.org currently has the two Democratic candidates separated by 268 pledged delegates. Clinton (D) currently has the lead with 1,769, and Senator Sanders is currently standing at 1,501. However including both pledged delegates and superdelegates, Clinton (D) currently stands at 2,312 and Senator Sanders stands at 1,545. 2,383 delegates are needed for the democratic nomination.

AP.org has Trump (R) with 1,239 delegates exceeding the 1,237 needed for the Republican nomination.

With the retirement of Senator Barbara Boxer (D), a new seat for the United States Senate has opened up. California Senator Barbara Boxer has held the office since 1993, and, with her departure, voters will have to choose the 35 United States Senate candidates are currently listed in the Official Voter Information Guide for the California Presidential Primary.

The race for United States Representative - District 10 includes the following candidates:

Michael J. “Mike” Barkley (D)

“I am a lawyer, certified public accountant (inactive), computer programmers, rancher, Navy veteran, and activist in local government, water, flooding and environmental issues. My mix of skills makes me uniquely suited to represent you in Washington.”

“My specific proposals on my platform will solve many problems and save many lives in this state and country. As my platform shows, I am a very strong advocate for labor and for bringing jobs back from overseas. At front doors you independent voters demand specific platform proposals, not broad generalities. For you balanced budget voters, my U.S. Budget on my platform balances this year, ends deficit spending, fully funds Medicare-for-all and protects social security forever with no cuts. For my fellow farmers, my 44 million acre-feet specific Federal/California water plan on my platform supplies 100% of your irrigation needs forever and solves most other California water problems and my U.S. Budget funds it fully without deficits.”

Michael Eggman (D)

“Michael Eggman, the endorsed candidate of the California Democratic Party, is a husband, father, and small business owner. Michael still farms the same land he grew up on in Turlock, operating an almond orchard and managing thousands of beehives that produce honey for families all across the state. Traveling up and down the Central Valley in his pickup truck to pollinate crops for local farmers, Michael understands the hardships faced by families and business owners.  Michael will work to protect Social Security & Medicare, end tax giveaways to companies that ship jobs overseas, and make it easier for small businesses to grow and create jobs.”

Robert Hodges (R)

“As a farmer and Denair School Board Member, I know first-hand how off track our government has become. Whether it is the federal government trying to educate our children with Common Core, or establishment politicians boosting our national debt past $19 trillion, the government is out of control because we have ignored the Constitution and common sense.”

Hodges candidate statement notes that as a Representative, he will put the country first and pledge to vote to secure our borders, vote against funding abortion, vote to take care of veterans, vote to take pay away from congress if they don’t balance the budget, support term limits for Congress, always reside in District 10, and never vote to raise the National Debt Ceiling.

Jeff Denham (R) - Incumbent

“As Stanislaus County’s representative, I am working to improve our economy, protect our farms and small businesses, increase water storage and eliminate debt and wasteful spending.

I’m a Stanislaus County resident, 16 year Air Force veteran and almond grower who ran for Congress out of concern for the taxpayers, farmers, small business owners, seniors and veterans who needed a voice in Washington.

My top priorities are to get spending under control and to keep us safe. Irresponsible spending created a $20 trillion debt. Tax increases are not the answer. The average American already works until July 15 just to pay for government. We need jobs in the valley; not more regulation and government. We need to stamp out terrorists before they attack us on our homeland.

My Veterans Jobs Bill, signed by the President, helps returning veterans use their skills to land good jobs after their service is finished. I voted to hold bureaucrats in the VA accountable when they fail our veterans. ”

On the regional level, since State Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R) has served State Assembly - District 12 for 6 years, she will be reaching her term limit.

She is currently on the ballot to run for Stanislaus County Supervisor - District 1. This is right when incumbent Supervisor Bill O’Brien surprisingly announced he would not be running for reelection. With only days before the deadline, Olsen was left uncontested as O’Brien’s successor.

The individuals advertised as running for State Assembly - District 12 include Heath Flora (R), Harinder Grewal (D), Virginia Madueno (D), Cindy Marks (R), and Ken Vogel (R).

Currently, incumbent Vito Chiesa is the only candidate for Stanislaus County Supervisor - 2nd District.

Voters will also be voting on Proposition 50, suspension of legislators. As it stands now, the State Senate or Assembly can suspended a legislator with a majority vote, and this legislator would continue to receive a state  salary and benefits.

A yes vote on this measure would see a two-thirds vote required to suspend a state legislator and the Senate or Assembly could eliminate that legislator’s salary and benefits during the suspension.

A no vote will allow a majority vote to suspend a legislator and the legislator would still receive salary and benefits.

Voters can vote early in person at the Stanislaus County Elections Office until June 6 Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. The office is located at 1021 “I” Street, Suite 101 in Modesto.

Vote-by-Mail ballots sent through the mail must be postmarked on or before June 7 and received by the county election office no later than June 10. These can also be returned in person to the county elections office or any polling place in the county before 8 PM on June 7.

Voter can also go to the polls on Election Day June 7 from 7 AM to 8 PM. Registered No Party Preference voters can request a “crossover” ballot at the polls if they want to vote for a presidential candidate from the Democratic Party, American Independent Party, or Libertarian Party. Voters can find the location of their polling place at this link.

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