Are you ready for the upcoming June, 2016 Primary Election? Here is our Voter Guide to help you sort through all of the candidates and measures on the ballot:
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer is retiring. No Republican has even a remote chance of winning this seat. The top two contenders are CA Attorney General Kamala Harris, from the Bay Area, and U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez, from Santa Ana. We are endorsing Sanchez as it is about time that Southern California was represented in the U.S. Senate.
38th District – We have never been fans of the carpetbagger Linda Sanchez. We are endorsing Scott Michael Adams, an independent whose values are very Libertarian. If you prefer a Republican vote for Ryan Downing.
39th District – The incumbent, Ed Royce, has been in office far too long. His values are not remotely Libertarian. We are endorsing his only opponent, Brett Murdock.
45th District – The incumbent, Mimi Walters, is a typical establishment GOP hack, which means she has to go. We are endorsing Mission Viejo City Council Member Greg Raths.
46th District – The incumbent, Loretta Sanchez, has decided to vacate her House seat as she tries to move up to the U.S. Senate. There are a lot of candidates vying to replace her. If you like corporate Democrats then Lou Correa should be your pick. We like the more progressive Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen. We greatly dislike former State Senator turned lobbyist Joe Dunn, who once tried to move the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals out of Santa Ana – to Irvine. The best choice might be Lynn Schott, an Irvine City Council Member who grew up in Santa Ana (her family still lives here).
47th District – We are not fans of the incumbent, Andy Lowenthal. We are endorsing his opponent, Andy Whallon, a Libertarian-leaning Republican.
48th District – The incumbent, Dana Rohrabacher, like Ed Royce has been in office far too long. And he is a Trump-like bigot. We are endorsing Robert John Banuelos for this office.
49th District – We are endorsing the incumbent, Darrell Issa.
29th District – Ling Ling Chang is the Republican candidate. Her voting record in the State Assembly has not been great. We like Josh Newman, who is facing off against an awful carpetbagger from Irvine, Sukhee Kang.
37th District – The incumbent, John Moorlach, is our favorite State Legislator. He has our endorsement.
55th District – Mike Spence is the best candidate in this race. He has our endorsement.
65th District – The incumbent, Young Kim, has not been perfect in Sacramento but her challenger, Sharon Quirk-Silva, is just too liberal. We are backing Kim.
68th District – We are endorsing Steven Choi. We really dislike Harry Sidhu, who is one of Curt Pringle’s minions. And Deb Pauly is just too Tea Party for our liking.
69th District – Ofelia Velarde Garcia is far preferable to the corporate Democrat incumbent, Tom Daly – who is yet another of Curt Pringle’s stooges. Garcia has our endorsement.
72nd District – The incumbent, Travis Allen, has our endorsement.
73rd District – The incument, Bill Brough, has been a pleasant surprise. He has our endorsement.
74th District – We have never been fans of the incumbent, Matthew Harper. But he has been a decent Legislator. If you are a Republican he’s your man. If you are a Democrat consider voting for Karina Onofre.
O.C. Board of Supervisors
District 1 – The incumbent, Andrew Do, was once the bag man for his predecessor, Janet Nguyen. Now she has turned on him – even though he could probably land her in jail if he told the authorities about all her fundraising shenanigans. It is no surprise that Do is facing a challenger from Little Saigon, Garden Grove Councilman Phat Bui. We are rejecting the lot of them and are backing Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez for the First District.
District 3 – The incumbent, Todd Spitzer, is not facing a challenger. That is probably just as well as he can be a bit of a nut at times. He is definitely his own biggest fan.
O.C. Board of Education Primary Election
Area 1 – The incumbent, Robert Hammond, has become a real embarrassment and a danger to the residents of Orange County. He voted to approve a charter school run by a weird Turkish sect and more recently referred to homosexuals as “Sodomites” in an email. He must go! We endorse Tustin Council Member Becky Gomez, who has served as President of the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, Tustin High School Academic Boosters, TUSD Coordinating Council, Thorman Elementary PTO president and Currie Middle School PTA president.
Area 3 – The incumbent, Ken Williams, was once the personal physician to disgraced former O.C. Sheriff Mike Carona and he too voted to allow a charter school run by a weird Turkish sect. Williams is now a hair loss surgeon. Like Trustee Hammond, this relic must go! We endorse Michael Parham, a Trustee at the Irvine Unified School District. Parham became President of the IUSD Board in 2008 and was reelected again in 2012 allowing him to spearhead efforts that have expanded the reputation of excellence in Irvine while saving taxpayers over $20 Million through the “Green Team Initiative”. In 2009 his leadership helped the IUSD to receive the prestigious District Leadership Award at the Green California Schools Summit & Exposition.
Area 4 – The incumbent, Jack Bedell, unlike Hammond and Williams, has a background in education and a strong record in public office. We also like one of the challengers, former State Legislator Chris Norby, who was once a high school teacher in Brea. Norby is a Libertarian-leaning Republican who helped stop redevelopment – which more often than not resulted in the seizure, vie eminent domain, of properties for what often turned out to be ridiculous development projects. Take your pick. Bedell and Norby are good choices for Area 4.
Measure A – Campaign Finance and Ethics Commission – Yes
Measure B – Yes
Measure E (Irvine Unified) – Bond Measure – No
Measure G (Orange Unified) – Term Limits Measure – Yes