Decline to State voters in California may soon surpass the dwindling Republican Party. If you are a Decline to State or Independent voter, and you’re wondering who to vote for in the June 5 Open Primary Election, then look no further. As is my custom, I like to present my personal election picks – with my comments of course. We’ll start with the U.S. Congress:
U.S. Senate – I have never been a fan of Senator Dianne Feinsten, but the GOP has never been able to displace her. I suspect they will fail again this year, but I am going to endorse Elizabeth Emken and hope for the best. I like her focus on cutting government waste. And she is a parent of a child with autism – a subject she speaks about with authority. She is also a UCLA grad which I can appreciate as my oldest son is a freshman at UCLA this year.
39th Congressional District – There is no way I could ever support the useless Ed Royce. Consider how many awful local candidates he has supported over the years – including the three Fullerton City Council Members who are facing a recall. Royce is opposed by D’Marie Mulattieri, who is running with “no party preference.” You may recall that she played a big role in the Orange County Occupy movement, which went nowhere but kudos to her for trying. I do love her campaign slogan, “Socially Progressive, Fiscally Conservative.” I agree! She is my pick for the 39th Congressional District.
45th Congressional District – An easy pick. I am supporting the incumbent, U.S. Rep. John Campbell, over his liberal opponent, Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang. I like that Campbell focuses on fiscal issues and he doesn’t get bogged down in social issues.
46th Congressional District – Another easy pick. U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez is sounding more and more like an unhinged union hack of late. It has become quite tiresome. I am supporting Jorge Rocha, a Santa Ana resident who is running with no party preference. He is a former Republican. Rocha owns a successful tax preparation business in Fountain Valley.
47th Congressional District – The GOP machine is split between two old guys in L.A. County, Steve Kuykendall and Gary DeLong. Blah. I am going with Steve Foley, a much younger conservative blogger – and the only candidate from Orange County, in a district that is dominated by Long Beach and surrounding areas in L.A. County.
48th Congressional District – No way I will EVER support the Mexican basher Dana Rohrabacher. I am going with the non-partisan Alan Schlar.
And now for the California State Senate Districts:
29th State Senate District – I am sticking with the incumbent, Bob Huff, who is also the leader of the California Republican State Senate delegation. His Democratic challenger, Greg Diamond, is simply too liberal for this district – in fact he is too liberal for this county!
And now for the State Assembly Districts:
65th Assembly District – I like the challenger, Sharon Quirk-Silva, but she is a public school teacher, and she is a Democrat – and that means she will be supporting Governor Jerry Brown’s tax increase proposal. No thanks. The incumbent, Chris Norby, is one of my favorite politicians. He was against redevelopment before that was cool, and now that it is dead we can all admit he was spot on about that. Go Norby! NOTE: I am looking at this race closely in the wake of charges that Norby’s staff was involved in going after Republican Jose Moreno, a candidate for the 69th Assembly District.
68th Assembly District – The incumbent, Don Wagner, is too darn conservative on social issues. But I like his stance on fiscal issues so I am endorsing him over his Democratic rival, Christina Avalos.
69th Assembly District – This one is an easy pick. I am supporting Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez. If voting Republican is important to you, by all means vote for Jose Moreno – he is a good guy too.
72nd Assembly District – I am going with newspaper editor Joe Dovinh, a moderate Democrat and former Decline to State voter who also is a Garden Grove Planning Commissioner.
73rd Assembly District – I am definitely not a fan of the incumbent, Diane Harkey. I am going with her sole challenger, Democrat James Corbett. Yes, he is fairly liberal, but Harkey is just plain unethical. Fail!
74th Assembly District – A very easy pick. I am supporting Leslie Daigle over Mexican basher Alan Mansoor. Sayonara Mansoor!
Click here to see how all of these candidates have been registered to vote over the past ten years, according to the O.C. Voter Registrar’s office.
Orange County seats:
Orange County Board of Education, Area One – Well, of course I am going with my own campaign in this race. There are four candidates. I am the only one who is currently teaching (at Cerritos College).
Orange County Board of Education, Area Three – Tough one. The incumbent, Dr. Ken Williams, is a nice guy, but he is VERY socially conservative. The challenger, Mary Galuska, is a big supporter of the arts in education. I am going to call this one a push that tilts in Galuska’s direction.
Supervisor, First District – There is NO WAY I will ever support the incumbent, Janet Nguyen, for any office. The Democrats were too afraid to challenge her, so her only opponent is nutty Steve Rocco. I am voting for Rocco as a protest vote against Nguyen. Why am I so opposed to Nguyen? Well, that discussion could go on for a long time but suffice to say that she uses the government to advance her own selfish means. And she stands for absolutely nothing. Move along, nothing to see here…
Supervisor, Third District – I simply cannot back Todd Spitzer. His pro-union record is atrocious. The Democrats took a pass on this race because they like Spitzer, which ought to be a big red flag for the rest of us. His only challenger is Deborah Pauly. Go with her and stick it to the labor hacks!
City of Fullerton – Big Recall going on, which makes for a confusing election. Suffice to say that several folks are on the ballot as replacement candidates for the Council, should the recall succeed. Of course I support the recall.
There are three seats up for grabs. In the race to replace Don Bankhead, I am supporting Jane Rands, a member of the Green Party.
In the race to replace Dick Jones I am supporting Travis Kiger, one of the editors over at the awesome Friends for Fullerton’s Future blog.
In the race to replace Pat McKinley I am remaining neutral until I can find out more about the candidates.
I am not commenting on the OC GOP and DPOC Central Committee races as they really aren’t worth the bother.
There you go. Don’t forget to vote on June 5!