Almanac

Cover Story - May 19, 2010

Big decisions on June 8 ballot

Voters have important decisions to make in the June 8 primary election. They will nominate candidates for state and federal offices, including for governor and the U.S. Senate. They will elect San Mateo County officials, including two members to the five-member Board of Supervisors. They will vote on state propositions, and a parcel tax measure for community colleges in the county.

Among the candidates for governor is a local, Meg Whitman of Atherton, who is running for the Republican nomination.

Go to voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions for more information on state propositions.

The parcel tax proposal, Measure G, would enact a $34 annual tax in the county's community college district, which includes Canada College in Woodside.

Go to http:// is.gd/c4TEy (case-sensitive) and page down to the Measure G information, which includes analysis, and arguments for and against the tax.

In this Voter Guide, The Almanac focuses on three local races:

• Three candidates are competing for the Democratic Party nomination for the District 21 state Assembly seat now occupied by Ira Ruskin, who is termed out. (Greg Conlon of Atherton is running unopposed in the Republican primary.)

• There are contested races for two seats on the Board of Supervisors, including District 3, where Rich Gordon is termed out and now running for the Assembly seat.

• Four candidates are running for county treasurer-tax collector, the office occupied by Lee Buffington for about 25 years. The race is in the spotlight due to the loss of $155 million in county investments in Lehman Brothers securities in 2008, a loss that had a significant impact on local government agencies, including the Menlo Park City School District.

Another contested race is for the county coroner's office — with incumbent Robert Foucrault being challenged by police department analyst Stacie Lynn Nevares.

No contests

There are no races for several key county offices because only one candidate is on the ballot. Among them: Sheriff Greg Munks of Portola Valley, who will be elected to a second term.

Anne Campbell, superintendent of Portola Valley schools, has no competition in her bid to become the county's next superintendent of schools.

No one filed to run against Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe in the district attorney race. He will take the reins from longtime District Attorney Jim Fox.

Controller Tom Huening will not face a challenge and will retain his seat.

In the assessor-county clerk-recorder office, Mark Church is poised to take over Warren Slocum's job. John K. Mooney has filed as a write-in candidate, but his name will not appear on the ballot. Write-in votes are counted only if the person has filed as a write-in candidate, according to David Tom of the San Mateo County Elections Office.

Go to is.gd/c91Cs (case-sensitive) to see Mr. Mooney's Web page on smartvoter.org.

Go to is.gd/c91NJ (case-sensitive) to see Mr. Church's Web page on smartvoter.org.

VOTER INFORMATION

If you are a registered voters who has "declined to state" an affiliation with a political party, when you request a ballot by mail or go to your polling place, you may ask for a ballot for the Republican or Democratic party. If you do not make such a request, you will be given a nonpartisan ballot, which will not contain the names of candidates running for their party's nomination, such as for governor and other statewide offices.

For more information on the June 8 primary:

• Check the ballot information sent to all registered voters.

• Go to smartvoter.org and enter your ZIP code in the "Find My Ballot" box.

• Go to shapethefuture.org for information from the county elections office.

• Go to voterguide.sos.ca.gov/ for information from the California secretary of state on state propositions and candidates for state offices.

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