NOV. 6th ELECTION BALLOT GUIDE
Elections can be hard to follow.
There are candidates we may not know and issues we may not fully understand. It can be tough to stay on top of it all. We totally get that! That’s why we’ve created this simple 2018 Ballot Guide to help you know and understand what’s on the ballot this November.
The STATEWIDE CANDIDATE section includes the candidates & duties of the offices for which they are running. The BALLOT PROPOSITION section gives a description of each initiative. CLICK the icons to get more information on how each proposition will impact our state & local communities.
This election may be one of the most critical ones of our lifetime. Our votes matter more than ever. We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines. Please read and share this guide with your friends and family. Make sure all of us are #ReadyToVote on November 6.
Gavin Newsom, Democratic
John H. Cox, Republican
The Governor is the state’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). They appoint judges to state courts, approve or reject the laws that govern our communities, and make budget recommendations to the legislature on how taxpayer dollars are spent.
Eleni Kounalakis, Democratic
Ed Hernandez, Democratic
The Lieutenant Governor serves on the boards responsible for regulating California colleges and universities and for creating jobs and economic opportunities throughout the state. They also can step in to assume the duties of Governor in the case the Governor is unable to fulfill duties.
Mark P. Meuser, Republican
Alex Padilla, Democratic
The Secretary of State manages all federal and state elections - including California’s database of registered voters.
Betty T. Yee, Democratic
Konstantinos Roditis, Republican
The State Controller makes sure all the state’s bills are paid — including paychecks for all government and California State University employees. They’re also responsible for monitoring and reporting how state agencies spend taxpayer dollars.
Fiona Ma, Democrat
Greg Conlon, Republican
The State Treasurer manages the dollars that fund our schools, parks, highways and streets. They also handle the funds used by local governments to pay for programs and services offered in our communities.
Xavier Becerra, Democrat
Steven C. Bailey, Republican
The Attorney General supervises all district/city attorneys and law enforcement officers working in our local communities. They also are responsible for investigating discrimination claims, consumer complaints against businesses, and protecting the environment and public health in California.
Steve Poizner, no party preference
Ricardo Lara, Democratic
Insurance commissioners regulate insurers who sell policies protecting our home, health and autos. They’re also in charge of approving all insurance rate increases and investigating customer complaints filed against companies doing business in our state.
The Superintendent of Public Instruction manages all 1,026 school districts operating in our state. They handle the funds that pay for teachers, administrators and programs in local school - and also work with school officials to monitor and improve academic performance.
Ted Gaines, Republican
Tom Hallinan, Democratic
Malia Cohen, Democratic
Mark Burns, Republican
Tony Vazquez, Democratic
G. Rick Marshall, Republican
Board of Equalization representatives collect sales, fuel, tobacco taxes and other fees that provide funding for programs and services in our communities.
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