With election season approaching, voters will soon focus on candidates and issues. While there are important races that could shift the balance of power in Congress from Republican to Democrat, local elections are just as important.
In California, candidates are gearing up for the June 5th Primary Election. But first voters in the Crenshaw, Baldwin Hills, Ladera, Westwood and other Westside communities must decide who will replace a member of the California State Assembly,
A special election will be held on April 3 in the 54th Assembly District to fill a seat left vacant by Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, who resigned in December due to illness. Candidates in that race include Democrats, Tepring Michelle Piquado, an educator and scientist; Sydney K. Kamlager, Trustee, Los Angeles Community College District; and Grayson A. Pangilinan, green energy entrepreneur. Small business owner, Glen Ratcliff is the only Republican in the race.
On June 5, California voters will decide several key races, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, treasurer, attorney general, insurance commissioner, and members of the State Board of Equalization. Gavin Newsom, the term-limited lieutenant governor will run for governor to replace the outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown (also term-limited).
Incumbents, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Controller Betty T. Yee, and Treasurer John Chiang, Attorney General Xavier Becerra will seek re-election. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Board of Equalization Members George Runner (District 1) and Jerome Horton (District 3) won’t run due to term limits.
Inglewood elected officials Autumn Burke, 62nd Assembly District, and Maxine Waters, 44th Congressional District, will seek another term. Karen Bass, Congresswoman for 37th District in L.A. is also seeking re-election.
In addition to statewide offices, voters will elect the L.A. County Assessor. The seat is currently occupied by Jeffrey Prang. Jim McDonnell is running for L.A. County Sheriff. Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Education, will not run for re-election due to term limits.
The Voter Information Guide, which will include statewide ballot initiatives for the June 5 Primary, will be available in April 2018. For more information, visit www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov. To apply to register to vote, please visit RegisterToVote.ca.gov.