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Patch's Guide to the June 5 Election

A look at candidates, measures and propositions included in the June 5, 2012 Primary Presidential Election.

The June 5 Primary Presidential Election is Tuesday, June 5 and to save you some time researching the candidates and the measures you'll be deciding on, Gilroy Patch has put together this guide for you.

The following contests are on the ballot:

  • US President
  • US Senate, Diane Feinstein is the incumbent
  • US Representative: Districts 17, 18, 19 and 20
  • State Senate: District 13, 15, 17
  • State Assembly: Districts 24, 25, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Gilroy is in Assembly District 30, currently represented by Assemblyman Luis Alejo. Alejo is running for re-election in the 30th Assembly District, but he's being challenged by Rob Bernosky, . The district includes Gilroy and San Benito County and portions of Monterey, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor: Districts 2, 3 and 5 with incumbents being George Shirakawa and Dave Cortese. Supervisor Liz Kniss, in the fifth supervisorial district is termed out, and running for this seat is Democratic state Sen. Joe Simitian, who's being termed out of the state senate himself.
  • Superior Court Judge, Office No. 5, No. 7. The candidates for Office 5 are Alexis Cerul, Paul Colin and Chris Cobey, with the latter being poised to win due to some important endorsements. The candidates for Office 7 are attorneys Cynthia A. Sevely and Steven R. Pogue.
  • Measure A: To provide the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors with flexibility in operating the County jails to ensure continued cost-savings and improvement of efficiencies, shall the Board of Supervisors have the discretion to determine whether the Sheriff, Department of Correction, or any other department or agency, or any combination of them jointly operate the jails? (Majority vote to pass)
  • : To provide affordable education at West Valley and Mission Colleges by updating academic facilities and technology to prepare students for 21st century jobs/transfer to universities, upgrading healthcare, public safety and job-training facilities, and aging buildings for earthquake safety, and acquiring, constructing, repairing and equipping sites, buildings, classrooms and facilities, shall West Valley-Mission Community College District issue $350,000,000 of bonds, at legal rates with citizens’ oversight, no money for Sacramento, administrators’ salaries or employee pensions?  (55% vote required to pass)
  • State Proposition 28: Reduces the total amount of time a person may serve in the state legislature from 14 years to 12 years. Allows a person to serve a total of 12 years either in the Assembly, the Senate, or a combination of both. Applies only to legislators first elected after the measure is passed. Provides that legislators elected before the measure is passed continue to be subject to existing term limits.(Majority vote to pass)
  • State Proposition 29: Imposes additional five cent tax on each cigarette distributed ($1 per pack), and an equivalent tax increase on other tobacco products, to fund cancer research and other specified purposes. Requires tax revenues be deposited into a special fund to finance research and research facilities focused on detecting, preventing, treating, and curing cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and other tobacco-related diseases, and to finance prevention programs. Creates nine-member committee charged with administering the fund. (Majority vote to pass)

There are three ways to vote, by mail, early or at the polls, which are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Mail-in ballots needed to be turned in by May 30 to ensure the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters' Office received them by Election Day.

If you have not mailed in your ballot yet, you can drop it off at the Registrar's Office, 1555 Berger Drive, Building 2, in San Jose. There is a white, 24-hour drop box in the parking lot.

You can also drop off your ballot at any county polling place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day and any Santa Clara County City Hall between regular business hours.

There are 19 polling places in Gilroy. To search for the polling place closest to you, use the League of Women Voters Smart Voter website.

To learn more about tomorrow's election, please click here.

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Eric June 04, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Please support Alexis Cerul for Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge - Seat #5 Alexis Cerul’s legal career has been within the judiciary and has been dedicated to justly resolving disputes in a manner that demonstrates an unbiased examination of the merits and inspires confidence in the final result. Alex is a Judicial Staff Attorney for the judges of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. His principle duties are to provide objective review, advice, and research, on matters before the Court. As the leader at Criminal Division since 1998, he has participated in the adjudication of some of the most complex cases our county has seen. His work has helped shape California law insuring our liberties and public safety. This may be the most relevant experience desirable before transitioning to a judge. Endorsements Include: Judge Paul Bernal Judge Arthur Bocanegra Judge Sharon Chatman Judge LaDoris H. Cordell (Ret.) Judge James C. Emerson (Ret.) Judge Charles Hayden (Ret.) Judge Rene Navarro Judge Diane Northway Judge Marc Poche Judge Jesus Valencia Commissioner Steven Yep Gilroy Council Member Peter Arellano, M.D. Gilroy Council Member Peter Leroe-Muñoz School Board Trustee Dom Payne Santa Clara Valley Water District Director Richard Santos Mr. Art Barron .....and many others Visit www.Cerul4Judge.com for more information.
Corinne Speckert June 05, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Gilroy Patch will have live coverage of election results as they're released tonight. Stay tuned!

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