June 2012 primary election

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 7, 2012 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Yesterday’s election marked a new era in California voting with two unprecedented changes to the state’s election and voting structure instituted at the ballot box. For the first time, general election candidates were chosen via a top two primary system irrespective of party affiliation (Proposition 14, 2010). At first glance it appears the new open primary resulted in 16 Legislative races with top-2 being from the same party. The split was 14 in the Assembly and 2 in the Senate.

Additionally, Californians were also voting for the first time for candidates vying to represent legislative and congressional districts drawn up not by politicians or the courts, but by a citizens' commission resulting from the passage of Propositions 11 (legislative, 2008) and 20 (congressional, 2010).  The potential for changing the entire political landscape of California’s 120 legislative, 53 Congressional and four Board of Equalization districts was one being monitored closely across the country.

As of this morning, the stage seems to be set with more intra-party battles (Democrat vs. Democrat; Republican vs. Republican) headed for the November ballot than not – an outcome that will likely translate into expensive and nasty fall campaigns for seats that used to be decided based on the primary election.  Democratic leaders, however, are likely more concerned with how the events of the primary will affect their ability – or inability – to gain a two-thirds majority in at least the Senate this fall. The issue will be a key factor in the November election such that if it is achieved it would provide the necessary threshold to approve tax increases without Republican support. Senate Democrats have a good chance to gain the 27 votes they would need to pick up a super majority; the Assembly is less likely to achieve that threshold at this point in time.

On the initiative front, further significant changes are on the horizon for newly elected legislative members with the overwhelming approval of Proposition 28 that will reduce legislators' maximum term from 14 to 12 years but allow them to serve the entire stretch in either the Assembly or the Senate. The other ballot measure, Proposition 29, that would add a $1 per pack cigarette tax for cancer research, appears at this early hour to have narrowly failed.

Despite the significant changes in the voting process for this election, the lack of suspense at the top of the ballot seemed to contribute to low voter turnout with data suggesting barely a third of the state's registered voters cast ballots in the election – a record low for a presidential primary.

 

Statewide Ballot Measures

    Proposition 28: Change in Term Limits  -- PASS (61.4% to 38.6%)
    Measure seeks to lower the time lawmakers may serve from 14 years to 12 years and allow them to serve all their time in one house of the Legislature.

    Proposition 29: Tobacco Tax for Cancer Research -- FAIL (49.2% to 50.8%)
    Measure would levy a $1 per pack tax on cigarettes and direct revenues, an estimated $850 million, to fund cancer research and anti-smoking campaigns. 

Local Ballot Measures

    Proposition B (San Diego): Pension Reform -- PASS
    Eliminates the city of San Diego’s current employee pension system and replaces it with a new 401(k) benefit system for new hires – with the exception of police.  In addition, the measure freezes the salaries that current pensions are based on for six years.

    Measure B (San Jose): Pension Reform -- PASS
    Measure provides current City of San Jose employees with the option of switching to a new reduced pension plan or paying increased contributions to their current pension plan.  In addition, the measure would implement benefit limitations for new employees and require voter approval for increases in future pension benefits.

Congressional Primary Races

    CD 1 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Republicans) 
    Nathan Arrowsmith (D) vs. Jim Reed (D) vs. Sam Aanestad (R) vs. Gregory Cheadle (R) vs. Michael Dacquisto (R) vs. Doug La Malfa (R) vs. Pete Stiglich (R) vs. Gary Allen Oxley (NPP)
    ** LaMalfa at 37.7% and Reed at 25.1%  – will face each other in November.

    CD 2 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats) 
    Susan Adams (D) vs. Andy Caffrey (D) vs. William Courtney (D) vs. Larry Fritzlan (D) vs. Jarred Huffman (D) vs. Stacey Lawson (D) vs. Tiffany Renee (D) vs. Norman Solomon (D) vs. Mike Halliwell (R) vs. Daniel Roberts (R) vs. Brooke Clarke (NPP) vs. John Lewallen (NPP)
    ** Huffman at 37.3% and Roberts at 15.3%  – will face each other in November.

    CD 8 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Republicans) 
    Jackie Conaway (D) vs. John Pinkerton (D) vs. Paul Cook (R) vs. George Craig (R) vs. Gregg Imus (R) vs. Bill Jensen (R) vs. Phil Liberatore (R) vs. Brad Mitzelfelt (R) vs. Joseph Napolitano (R) vs. Angela Valles (R) Anthony Adams (NPP)
    ** Cook at 15.5% and Imus at 15.0%  – will face each other in November.

    CD 21 (Open; competitive) 
    John Hernandez (D) vs. Blong Xiong (D) vs. David Valadao (R)
    ** Hernandez at 22.8% and Valadao at 57.3%  – will face each other in November.

    CD 26 (Open; competitive)
    Julia Brownley (D) vs. Albert Maxwell Goldberg (D) vs. Jess Herrera (D) vs. David Cruz Thayne (D) vs. Tony Strickland (R) vs. Linda Parks (NPP)
    ** Brownley at 26.8% and Strickland at 44.2%  – will face each other in November.

    CD 31 (Competitive race amongst Republicans)
    Pete Aguilar (D) vs. Justin Kim (D) vs. Rita Ramirez-Dean (D) vs. Bob Dutton (R) vs. Gary Miller (R)
    ** Miller at 26.7% and Dutton at 24.9%  – will face each other in November.

    CD 51 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats)
    John Brooks (D) vs. Denise Moreno Ducheny (D) vs. Juan Vargas (D) vs. Michael Crimmins (R) vs. Xanthi Gionis (R) vs. Bernard Portley (R)
    ** Vargas at 45.7% and Crimmins at 20.3%  – will face each other in November

Senate Primary Races

    SD 1 (Open; safe Republican seat)
    Julie Griffith-Flatter (D) vs. Les Baugh (R) vs. Ted Gaines (R) vs. Bo Ambrozewicz (NPP)
    ** Gaines at 48.2% and Griffith-Flatter at 30.6%  – will face each other in November.

    SD 5 (Open; competitive race to watch in November)
    Cathleen Galgiani (D) vs. Bill Berryhill (R) vs. Larry Ornellas (R)
    ** Berryhill at 35.9% and Galgiani at 41.3%  – will face each other in November.

    SD 13 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats) 
    Christopher Chiang (D) vs. Jerry Hill (D) vs. Sally Lieber (D) vs. John Webster (L)
    ** Hill at 51.3% and Lieber at 22.1%  – will face each other in November.

    SD 15 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats)
    Jim Beall (D) vs. Joe Coto (D)
    ** Beall at 54.9% and Coto at 45.1%  – will face each other in November.

    SD 19 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats)
    Jason Hodge (D) vs. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) vs. Mike Stoker (R)
    ** Jackson at 41.2% and Stoker at 45.3%  – will face each other in November.

    SD 31 (Open; competitive race to watch in November)
    Steve Clute (D) vs. Richard Roth (D) vs. Jeff Miler (R)
    ** Miller at 51.0% and Roth at 28.8%  – will face each other in November.

    SD 39 (Open; competitive race to watch in November) 
    Marty Block (D) vs. Patrick Marsh (D) vs. George Plescia (R)
    ** Block at 46.2% and Plescia at 43.9%  – will face each other in November.


Assembly Primary Races
 

    AD 1 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Republicans) 
    Robert Meacher (D) vs. Rick Bosetti (R) vs. Brian Dahle (R) vs. David Edwards (G) vs. Charley Hooper (L)
    ** Bosetti at 28.3% and Dahle at 34.2%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 5 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Republicans) 
    Marc Boyd (D) vs. Tim Fitzgerald (D) vs. Frank Bigelow (R) vs. Kevin Lancaster (R) vs. Rico Oller (R) vs. Mark Belden (NPP)
    ** Bigelow at 28.9% and Oller at 33.4%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 6 (Currently held by Gaines; safe seat competitive amongst Republicans; race to watch in November) 
    Regy Bronner (D) vs. Beth Gaines (R) vs. Andy Pugno (R)
    ** Bronner at 31.9% and Gaines at 36.9%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 8 (Open; competitive race to watch in November)  
    Ken Cooley (D) vs. John Thomas Flynn (R) vs. Barbara Ortega (R) vs. Peter Tateishi (R) vs. Phillip Tufi (R) vs. Janice Marlae Bonser (L)
    ** Cooley at 42.7% and Tateishi at 22.3%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 11 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats) 
    Jim Frazier (D) vs. Gene Gantt (D) vs. Patricia Hernandez (D) vs. Charles Kingeter (D) vs. Mike Hudson (R) vs. Len Augustine (NPP)
    ** Frazier at 28.2% and Hudson at 31.7%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 13 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats)
    Susan Talamantes Eggman (D) vs. Xochitl Raya Paderes (D) vs. C. Jennet Stebbins (D) vs. Dolores Cooper (R) vs. K. Jeffrey Jafri (R)
    ** Eggman at 39.7% and Jafri at 21.5%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 18 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats) 
    Ron Bonta (D) vs. Abel Guillen (D) vs. Joel Young (D) vs. Rhonda Weber (R)
    ** Bonta at 37.0% and Guillen at 28.1%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 19 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats) 
    Michael Breyer (D) vs. James Pan (D) vs. Phil Ting (D) vs. Matthew Del Carlo (R)
    ** Breyer at 22.4% and Ting at 55.8%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 20 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats) 
    Sarabjit Kaur Cheema (D) vs. Jennifer Ong (D) vs. Bill Quirk (D) vs. Luis Reynoso (R) vs. Mark Green (NPP)
    ** Ong at 25.0% and Quirk at 30.0%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 21 (Open; competitive race to watch in November) 
    Adam Gray (D) vs. Tommy Jones (D) vs. Lesa Rasmussen (D) vs. Robert Sellers (D) vs. Jack Mobley (R)
    ** Gray at 32.3% and Mobley at 44.8%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 23 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Republicans)
    Richard Rojas (D) vs. David DeFrank (R) vs. Vong Mouanoutoua (R) vs. Jim Patterson (R) vs. Bob Whalen (R)
    ** Patterson at 39.1% and Whalen at 24.5%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 29 (Open; safe Democratic seat) 
    Bob Fultz (D) vs. Mark Stone (D) vs. Tom Walsh (R)
    ** Stone at 54.7% and Walsh at 31.8%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 32 (Open; competitive race to watch in November)
    Rudy Salas (D) vs. Jon McQuiston (R) vs. Pedro Rios (R) vs. David Thomas (R)
    ** Salas at 39.9% and Rios at 24.1%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 33 (Currently held by Donnelly; safe seat competitive amongst Republicans) 
    John Coffey (D) vs. Tim Connelly (R) vs. Bill Jahn (R)
    ** Coffey at 29.3% and Donnelly at 51.7% – will face each other in November.

    AD 36 (Open; seat leans Republican; race to watch in November) 
    Steve Fox (D) vs. Tom Lackey (R) vs. Ron Smith (R)
    ** Fox at 33.0% and Smith at 34.8%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 38 (Open; seat leans Republican; race to watch in November)
    Edward Headington (D) vs. Patricia McKeon (R) vs. Paul Strickland (R) vs. Scott Thomas Wilk (R)
    ** Headington at 31.6% and Wilk at 31.3%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 39 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats) 
    Richard Alarcon (D) vs. Raul Bocanegra (D) vs. Ricardo Benitez (R) vs. Margie Margarita Carranza (R) vs. Omar Cuevas (R) vs. Jack Lindblad (G)
    ** Alarcon at 27.0% and Bocanegra at 36.5%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 40 (Competitive seat; race to watch in November)
    Mike Morrell (R) vs. Russ Warner (D)
    ** Morrell at 57.9% and Warner at 42.1%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 41 (Open; seat leans Democratic; race to watch in November) 
    Michael Cacciotti (D) vs. Chris Holden (D) vs. Victoria Rusnak (D) vs. Ed Colton (R) vs. Donna Lowe (R)
    ** Holden at 29.6% and Lowe at 23.2%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 44 (Potentially competitive seat; race to watch in November)
    Eileen MacEnery (D) vs. Thomas Mullens (D) vs. Jeff Gorell (R) 
    ** MacEnery at 23.4% and Gorell at 57.9%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 46 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats)
    Laurette Healey (D) vs. Brian Johnson (D) vs. Andrew Lachman (D) vs. Adriano Lecaros (D) vs. Adrin Nazarian (D) vs. Jay Stern (R)
    ** Johnson at 20.3% and Nazarian at 27.5%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 47 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats) 
    Joe Baca, Jr. (D) vs. Cheryl Brown (D) vs. Thelma Beach (R) vs. Jeane Ensley (R)
    ** Baca at 42.0% and Brown at 29.2%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 49 (Open; safe Democratic seat) 
    Ed Chau (D) vs. Mitchell Ing (D) vs. Matthew Lin (R)
    ** Chau at 35.6% and Lin at 51.3%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 50 (Currently held by Butler; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats; race to watch in November)
    Richard Bloom (D) vs. Betsy Butler (D) vs. Torie Osborn (D) vs. Bradly Torgan (R)
    ** Bloom at 25.6% and Butler at 25.9%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 51 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats; race to watch in November) 
    Arturo Chavez (D) vs. Richard Friedberg (D) vs. Jimmy Gomez (D) vs. Oscar Gutierrez (D) vs. Luis Lopez (D)
    ** Gomez at 37.6% and Lopez at 24.5%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 57 (Open; competitive seat amongst Democrats)
    Rudy Bermudez (D) vs. Ian Calderon (D) vs. Noel Jaimes (R)
    ** Calderon at 28.7% and Jaimes at 43.4%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 58 (Open; competitive seat amongst Democrats; race to watch in November)
    Sultan “Sam” Ahmad (D) vs. Tom Calderon (D) vs. Daniel Crespo (D) vs. Cristina Garcia (D) vs. Luis Marquez (D) vs. Patricia Kotze-Ramos (R)
    ** Garcia at 26.5% and Kotze-Ramos at 27.9%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 59 (Open; competitive seat amongst Democrats)
    Greg Akili (D) vs. Gertrude Holmes-Magee (D) vs. Reggie Jones-Sawler (D) vs. Armenak Nouridjanian (D) vs. Rodney Robinson (D)
    ** Jones-Sawyer at 43.4% and Robinson at 19.0%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 60 (Open; competitive seat that leans Republican; race to watch in November)
    Jose Luis Perez (D) vs. Greg Kraft (R) vs. Eric Linder (R) vs. Stan Skipworth (R)
    ** Perez at 32.4% and Linden at 28.0%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 61 (Open, competitive seat that leans Democrat; race to watch in November)
    Jose Medina (D) vs. Bill Batey (R) vs. Joe Ludwig (R) vs. Fredy De Leon (NPP)
    ** Medina at 44.2% and Batey at 35.0%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 63 (Open; safe Democratic seat)
    Diane Martinez (D) vs. Anthony Rendon (D) vs. Cathrin Sargent (D) vs. Jack Guerrero (R)
    ** Rendon at 37.6% and Guerrero at 30.4%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 65 (Competitive seat; race to watch in November)
    Sharon Quirk-Silva (D) vs. Chris Norby (R)
    ** Quirk-Silva at 41.5% and Norby at 58.5%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 66 (Competitive seat; race to watch in November)
    Al Muratsuchi (D) vs. Craig Huey (R) vs. Nathan Mintz (R)
    ** Marasutchi at 40.9% and Huey at 38.5%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 67 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Republicans)
    William Akana (R) vs. Kenneth Dickson (R) vs. Bob Magee (R) vs. Melissa Melendez (R) vs. Phil Paule (R)
    ** Melendez at 23.3% and Paule at 28.0%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 69 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats)
    Francisco Barragan (D) vs. Tom Daly (D) vs. Michele Martinez (D) vs. Julio Perez (D) vs. Jose Moreno (R)
    ** Daly at 40.9% and Moreno at 22.5%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 72 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Republicans)
    Albert Ayala (D) vs. Joe Dovinh (D) vs. Travis Allen (R) vs. Troy Edgar (R) vs. Long Pham (R)
    ** Allen at 19.9% and Edgar at 28.5%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 75 (Open; safe Republican seat)
    ** Herold at 32.0% and Waldron at 68.0%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 76 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Republicans)
    Rocky Chavez (R) vs. Farrah Douglas (R) vs. Sherry Hodges (R)
    ** Chavez at 38.9% and Hodges at 32.2%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 77 (Open; safe Republican seat)
    Ruben Hernandez (D) vs. Brian Maienschein (R) vs. Dustin Steiner (R) vs. Greg Laskaris (NPP)
    ** Hernandez at 24.5% and Maienschein at 47.5%  – will face each other in November.

    AD 79 (Open; safe seat competitive amongst Democrats)
    Rudy Ramirez (D) vs. Sid Voorakkara (D) vs. Patricia Ann Washingotn (D) vs. Shirley Weber (D) vs/ Mary England (R) vs. Matt Mendoza (R)
    ** Weber at 30.0% and England at 29.7%  – will face each other in November.

 

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