Voters Guide, California Primary, June 5th 2018

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 Voters Guide June 5th, 2018


  FEDERAL   U.S. CONGRESS    The top 2 finishers of all Republicans and Democrats will go to the November 6th general election ballot

District 50  double click to enlarge

District 50: (Fallbrook Temecula, Escondido, El Cajon) running to replace incumbent Duncan Hunter (R).
 Three Democrats and several Republicans are vying in the June 2018 primary for a place on the November ballot.

Ammar Campa Najjar (D)  Endorsed by the Fallbrook Democrats, & endorsed by the California Democratic Party, Ammar is tri-lingual; English/ Spanish/Arabic. Ammar has experience in Washington D.C. having worked in the Obama administration Labor Dept.  Ammar was a community organizer for Obama and he is a tireless campaigner.

Josh Butner (D)  Josh is a retired Lieutenant Commander in the Navy SEALs.  He holds elected office on the Jamul-Dulzura Unified School District Board since 2016.


Patrick Malloy (D)  Patrick is a real estate broker.  He was on the ballot in 2016 and lost to Hunter by 35%.  He hasn’t raised any money for a campaign. 



District 49:  (Oceanside & Carlsbad) running to replace retiring incumbent Darrell Issa (R).  This wild race includes 7 Republicans and 4 Democrats.  The top two vote getters will go to the November ballot.  Congressional District 49 is just west of Fallbrook.  A few of our Fallbrook Club members do reside in this district.  It includes the De Luz area and west of Olive Hill Rd.  There was no consensus on endorsement by the California Democratic Party.

Douglas Applegate (D) Doug was the Democrats’ 2016 nominee on the ballot against Issa and our club endorsed him last year.  A retired Marine Corps colonel and practicing attorney he came within 1,600 votes of defeating Issa in 2016.

Sara Jacobs (D)  Worked in the Obama Administration State Dept. and at the U.N.  Sara is the youngest CD49 candidate at age 29, and is the only Democratic woman in the race to replace Issa.  Born in Del Mar, Sara has a B.A. and Masters degree from Columbia University.

 Mike Levin (D)  Mike is an attorney and environmentalist in Orange County.  He formerly worked as Executive director of the Orange County Democratic Party.

 Paul Kerr (D)  Paul is a San Diego based real estate investor/businessman.  He is a  Navy veteran and UCSD alumni.


District 42: (Corona & Riverside) running to replace incumbent Ken Calvert (R).
District 42 is just north of us in Riverside County.  This will not be on the ballot of Fallbrook residents.  But the Democratic candidate appreciates our support.


Julia Peacock (D)  Endorsed by California Democratic Party Julia is high school teacher in Perris, She has been a leader of Indivisible42 and a democratic activist.  She won the State endorsement over some tough competition.


FEDERAL   U.S. SENATE    The top 2 finishers of all Republicans and Democrats will go to the Nov. 6th general election

  Dianne Feinstein (D) Incumbent running for 5th term.  Former mayor of San Francisco and Supervisor of San Francisco County. 


 Kevin De Leon (D)   California Senate President Pro Tempore.  Former Califoria State Assembly where he established himself as a progressive.  Kevin is the son of a single immigrant mother, growing up in the San Diego barrio of Logan Heights. , being the first in his family to graduate from high school and college.   He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont College with honors. Prior to entering politics, Kevin worked as a community organizer.



                 California  STATE OFFICES

California STATE ASSEMBLY    Top two finishers in June go to November 6th general election ballot 

District 75: (Fallbrook & Escondido & Temecula) running to replace incumbent Marie Waldron (R)  Most Fallbrook Club members reside in AD75.

Alan Geraci (D)  Endorsed by the Fallbrook Democrats, & California Democratic Party.  Alan is an attorney in San Marcos and a former deputy city attorney of San Diego.  He is involved in progressive causes and has been an active Democrat since the age of 18.

AD76 map

District 76: (Oceanside & Carlsbad) running to replace incumbent Rocky Chavez (R)  A few Fallbrook Club members reside in AD76 which includes De Luz and areas west of Olive Hill Rd.

Elizabeth Warren (D)  Liz is a former news reporter, mother, and longtime activist defending environmental, economic, and social justice causes.

Tasha Boerner Horvath (D)  Tasha is an Encinitas City Council member, previously serving on the Encinitas Planning Commission.  She is a graduate of Berekley.



SD38 Map

California STATE Senate District SD38   
Running to replace Joel Anderson (R) who is termed out.
Jeff Griffith (D)  Endorsed by the California State Democratic Party. 
A Fire captain, Jeff is the only democrat in the race against two right wing Republicans.  He currently serves as an elected director on the Palomar Health District.  SD 38 is a large district that includes all of Fallbrook and Escondido, running to the Salton Sea and south down to El Cajon.


SD36 Map

California STATE Senate District SD36    Running to replace Republican incumbent Patricia Bates (R)

 Margie Castellano (D)  Endorsed by the California State Democratic Party.  SD36 includes Vista and Carlsbad.  Margie is a businesswoman, an immigrant from Peru, with extraordinary energy to campaign.


California STATE Governor:  (California) running to replace incumbent Jerry Brown (D) who is retiring.  There are 55 people running for Governor.  Showing here only the top 4 candidates in the California Democratic Party delegate voting.  There was no consensus and the California Democrats have not made an endorsement.

Gavin Newsom (D)  Currently serving his second term as California’s Lieutenant Governor. Previously mayor of San Francisco.

John Chiang (D) California’s State Treasurer.  He was previously elected State Controller and served on the Board of Equalization for 10 years.

Delaine Easton (D)  Former two-term California State Superintendent of Schools.  Former State Assembly AD18 (Oakland) from 1986-1992.

Antonio Villiaraigosa (D)  Former Mayor of Los Angeles 2005-2013.



Lieutenant Governor: Running to replace Gavin Newsom who is running for governor.

    Eleni Kounalakis (D)  President Obama’s Ambassador to Hungry.  Born & raised in Sacramento.  She graduated from Dartmouth and earned her MBA at Berkley.

Ed Hernandez (D)  State Senator SD22 (San Gabriel Valley) for 2 terms. Previously State Assemblyman AD57 (Whittier) for 2 terms.  He is a practicing optometrist.

Jeff Bleich (D) Attorney & president of California State Bar.   Former counsel to President Obama & Ambassador to Australia.  He is a graduate of Amherst, Berkeley, & Harvard.


Attorney General:

Xavier Bacerra (D)  Incumbent Attorney General.  Former Congressman of  CA34 (East L.A).

Dave Jones (D)  Dave Jones is currently serving his 2nd term as State Insurance Commissioner and is a former Special Assistant to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.


Secretary of State:

Alex Padilla
(D)   Incumbent Secretary of State.  Former State Senator SD20 (Ontario).  Former L.A. City Council 1999-2006.  Alex is endorsed by the California Democratic Party.

Ruben Major (D)  Running primarily on the issue of voter suppression, election integrity, and making  government more transparent.  Ruben is a paramedic business owner, part Yaqui native American, and a longtime Democratic activist. 


State Controller:

Betty Yee (D)  Incumbent Controller since 2014.  Formerly elected member to two terms on the Board of Equalization.
She is endorsed by the California Democratic Party.

 Fiona Ma (D)  CPA.  Member State Board of Equalization since 2014.  Formerly State Assembly (AD12) 2006-2012.
She has no active Democratic opposition for Treasurer and she is endorsed by the California Democratic Party.

Insurance Commissioner:

Ricardo Lara (D)  State Senator SD33 (Long Beach).   Immigrant Rights activist.  Graduate UCSD.  Vice Chair California LGBT Caucus.
He has no active Democratic opposition for Insurance Commissioner and is endorsed by the California Democratic Party.

Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Tony Thurmond
(D)  Currently Calif State Assembly AD 15 (East Bay).  Former Richmond School Board, and Richmond City Council . Graduate of Bryn Mawr.  Tony is endorsed by the California Democratic Party.

Marshall Tuck
(D)  President of nonprofit Green Dot Public Schools creating public charter  schools in L.A. Graduate of UCLA and Harvard .


SAN DIEGO COUNTY  These positions may be decided on the June 5th Primary ballot if someone receives a majority of votes (50%+1).  If  no one receives 50%+1 then the top two will go to the November ballot.

County Sheriff: running to replace incumbent Bill Gore (R)

Dave Myers (D)  Endorsed by the Fallbrook Democrats.  Dave has been a deputy Sheriff for the past 32 years and a commander for the past 5 years. He is the only Democrat running against Sheriff Gore. and Dave is endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party.


District Attorney:  running to replace interim DA Summer Stephan (R)

Genevieve Jones-Wright (D)    Currently deputy Public Defender.  Genevieve was born in San Diego. She graduated from  Harvard law school.  She serves on multiple boards in the community.  She is the only Democrat running for District Attorney and Genevieve is endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party.

County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk: running to replace incumbent Ernest Dronenburg (R).

Matt Strabone 
(D)  attorney with his own business specializing in non profits and ethics.   He received his Law degree from USC.   Matt is endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party.


County Superior Court Judge (Office #37): running to replace incumbent  judge Gary Kreep who has been censured on 29 charges of misconduct in August 2017.

Matthew Brower (D)  Endorsed by the Fallbrook Democrats Matt is a deputy district attorney and Marine Corps veteran as judge advocate.  Matt served in Iraq & Afghanistan.  Matt Brower is endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party.

Tim Nader (D)   Life long resident San Diego County resident.  Magna Cum Laude at UC Berkeley (1975), law degree from UC Berkeley (1982). Chula Vista City Council, 1986-91 elected at age 29. Mayor of Chula Vista, 1991-94.

County Board of Supervisors:

District 5:  (Fallbrook/Oceanside)North San Diego  running to replace incumbent Bill Horn (R) who is unable to run due to term limits.
1 position to be elected November 6th 2018.

Michelle Gomez. (D)  Michelle is an compliance/ethics consultant and Commissionerfor for the city of Oceanside and County . Michelle is a realtor, native Californian, and Marine Corps wife.  She has won the Presidents Volunteer Service Award 4 times.

Esther Sanchez (D)  Has recently announced she has dropped out of the race.


                         District 4:  (San Diego, LaJolla)  running to replace incumbent Ron Roberts (R) who is unable to run due to term limits.  This district is not on Fallbrook’s ballot.

Nathan Fletcher (D) Professor of Political Science at UCSD.  Former Marine Corps counterintelligence specialist with two combat tours in the Iraq region. Former Assemblyman of AD75 (Poway)

Omar Passons (D)  Construction business owner and land use Attorney. Native of San Diego.  He has a Masters degree in Public Health and a law degree.



                                                                    LOCAL CANDIDATES

These offices are not involved in the June primary
.  Elections are in November 2018.

Fallbrook Club endorsements are tentatively planned for August 2018.

County Board of Education District Map

County Board of Education: 


    District 5:  (Fallbrook, Bonsall, Oceanside, Encinitas) Rick Shea (D) incumbent.  Former special assistant to the county superintendent/administrative services officer for the San Diego County Office of Education.  Also previously served on the Encinitas City Council, Encinitas Fire Protection District, San Dieguito Water District, Cardiff by the Sea Sanitation District, and North County Transit District.


Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Board: (4 year terms)
3 positions to be elected November 6th 2018.  Top 3 vote getters in November will fill these seats.
Seats 1, 4, & 5:
Susan Liebes President of the PTSA, Award winning community volunteer, mother of two children in Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, B.S.  Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.


Fallbrook Union High School District Board: (4 year terms)
3 positions to be elected November 6th 2018.  Top 3 vote getters in November will fill these seats.
Seats 2,4, &5:
Antonio Robles  College Student. Born & raised in Fallbrook, attending local schools. Our 2016 candidate,  he received over 6,000 votes. falling short by just 400 votes.  A working college student, he has been attending all school board meetings since 2016.

 Diane Summers  Fallbrook resident.  Retired educator.  State delegate.



Fallbrook Healthcare District Board: (4 year terms)

3 positions to be elected November 6th 2018.  Top 3 vote getters fill these seats

Seats: 1,3,&5:

Kate Schwartz

Karen (Kate) Schwartz Frates  Licensed Psychotherapist for 33 years.  Masters of Science from Columbia University.





Fallbrook Community Planning District:  (4 year terms)
7 positions to be elected November 6th 2018.  Top 7 vote getters in November will fill these seats.
Chair: 2:
Chair: 4:
Chair: 6:
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Chair: 14:

Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD)  (4 year terms)
2 positions to be elected November 6th 2018.  Seats are elected by District. One winner per District. 
FPUD Div 2:
FPUD Div 5:

North County Fire Protection:  (4 year terms)
2 positions to be elected November 6th 2018.

Palomar College Dist, Board Member:  (4 year terms)
2 positions to be elected November 6th 2018.
Seat 2:
Seat 5:


There are five so far.

Proposition 68: This Parks, Environment, and Water Bond is a $4.1-billion bond proposal, with most of the borrowed money going to drought, water, parks and coastal protection programs.   Recommend a Yes vote.

Proposition 69: This  Motor vehicle fees and taxes: restriction on expenditures: amendment to the California Constitution would ban lawmakers from diverting either new diesel sales tax revenues or new vehicle registration fees away from transportation efforts.  Both sources of revenue were included in the transportation plan signed by Brown in April. The ballot measure also exempts these revenues from being counted as part of a 1979 formula that places limits on state spending.   Recommend a Yes vote.

Proposition 70:  This Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund constitutional amendment sets the stage for a dramatic showdown by 2024 over money collected from companies seeking extra room under California’s cap-and-trade system to emit greenhouse gases. Lawmakers, if this measure passes, will have to take a single up-or-down vote on future spending of those proceeds — and that could shine a spotlight on the state’s high-speed train project, which currently receives a portion of the money.  We are strongly oppose this tax break for corporations to emit greenhouse gasses.  Recommend a NO vote.   

Proposition 71: Perhaps the most significant measure on the June ballot is also the shortest. This Ballot Measures, Effective Date constitutional amendment would make clear that any law enacted by voters through a proposition only takes effect once the final votes are tallied statewide and the election is certified. The state constitution currently says all propositions that appear victorious on election night automatically become law the next day, even though it can take days or weeks to finish processing ballots.   Recommend a Yes vote.

Proposition 72:   This Rainwater Capture Systems amendment to the California Constitution would exclude Rain water capture systems added after January 1, 2019, from property tax reassessments.  Recommend a Yes vote.



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