Along with the four propositions you’ll be asked to vote on tomorrow, this is also a primary election. Here you’ll be asked to choose the candidate to represent your party of choice in the big November showdown. But things will be a little different this year.
For the first time, California is having an “open” primary for state-level offices. This means that every voter, regardless of political affiliation, will get a ballot featuring all of the registered candidates from all of the registered parties. The top two (even if they come from the same party) will win a spot on the November ballot. Here’s your need-to-know guide.
United States Senate:
Five democrats are valiantly going up against the Senatorial powerhouse. From outside the party, fourteen Republicans are vying for the seat (including notorious “birther,” Dr. Orly Taitz Esquire), along with a handful of third-party (very) hopefuls.
U.S. House of Representatives (District 8):
Three Democrats (Américo Arturo Diaz, David Peterson, and Summer Justice Shields) one Republican (John Dennis), and a Green (amateur brewmaster Barry Hermanson) are running against the former Speaker.
State Senate (District 11):
Harmeet Dhillon. Born in India, raised in North Carolina, and Chair of the San Francisco Republican Party (a position The Chronicle called “the loneliest job in politics”).
California State Assembly (District 17)
Tom Ammiano (currently holds office in District 13, but will be displaced by redistricting)
Jason Clark, Vice President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans.
California State Assembly (District 19)
None, with incumbent Jerry Hill retiring
The contenders: Three Democrats (Michael Breyer, James Pan, and Phil Ting) are squaring off against a lone Republican (Matthew Del Carlo). The progressive powers that be, including the California Democratic Party, the SEIU, and the teachers’ and nurses’ unions, have endorsed the current Assessor-Recorder Ting.
The ballot continues for the card-carrying partisans among us. Democrats will get the chance to select their party’s next County Central Committee (pick your favorite 14 of 30) and presidential nominee (pick your favorite 1 of 1). The city’s GOPers will in turn be given the chance to select their Central Committee (11 of 12, leaving one Republican feeling dejected) and President (leaving most Republicans feeling ambivalent).