Conservative Voter Guide– Nov. 4 General Election
Recommendations are in Bold. No Recommendation = N.R.
Governor: Democrat Jerry Brown vs. liberal Republican Neel Kashkari – N.R. (No Recommendation).
Lieutenant Governor: Dem. Gavin Newsom vs. Rep. Ron Nehring – N.R.
Secretary of State: Pete Peterson
State Controller: Dem. Betty Yee vs. Rep. Ashley Swearengen (supports High Speed Rail) – N.R.
State Treasurer: Greg Conlon
Attorney General: Dem. Kamala Harris vs. Rep. Ronald Gold (not a conservative). N.R.
Insurance Commissioner: Ted Gaines
Board of Equalization, 4th Dist.: Dem. Nader Shahatit vs. Rep. Diane Harkey (took union $$). N.R.
U.S. Rep., 45th Cong. Dist.; Dem. Drew Leavens vs. Rep. Mimi Walters (broke anti-tax promise). N.R.
California State Senate, 36th Dist.: Dem. Gary Kephart vs. Rep. Pat Bates – N.R.
California Assembly, 73rd Dist.: Dem. Wendy Gabriella vs. Rep. Bill Brough – N.R.
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court – 13 offices (listed left to right in ballot order), vote yes or no:
Goodwin Liu – NO Mariano-Florentino Cuellar – NO
Kathryn Mickle Werdegar – NO Terry B. O’Rourke – YES
Gilbert Nares – YES Alex C. McDonald – YES
James A. McIntyre – YES Thomas E. Hollenhorst – YES
Kathleen E. O’Leary – NO William F. Rylaarsdam – YES
Richard M. Aronson – YES David A. Thompson – YES
Richard D. Fybel – NO
Judge of Superior, Office No. 14 – Kevin Haskins
State Supt. of Public Instruction: Torlakson and Tuck are Dems. Write in Lydia Guiterrez*
South Orange County Community College District Board Member, Trustee Area 4 – Nancy Padberg
Or. Co. Board of Supv., 5th District – Robert Ming – conservative leader; excellent record.
Or, Co. Assessor: Claude Parrish
Mission Viejo City Council – key race for three seats – conservatives vs. two progressives and a lobbyist.
Ed Sachs – strong financial and business management background. Retired CEO at Pioneer Electronics.
Greg Raths – retired Marine Corps colonel who is running as a fiscal conservative.
Desi Kiss – reliable conservative with backbone. Engineer and business owner.
(Do NOT vote for pro-developer Leckness or Reardon. Bucknum is a lobbyist for the housing industry.)
Water Districts – No Recommendations
Propositions: They’re not as good as they sound. Bonds increase debt. Most of these Props increase taxes.
Prop 1, NO: Water quality, supply and infrastructure – $7.12-billion bond, contains a lot of pork.
Prop 2, NO: Increases “rainy day” fund. Note Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assoc. says YES on this one.
Prop 45, NO: Requires Insurance Commissioner’s approval of health ins. rate changes.
Prop 46, NO: Drug testing of doctors. Money grab by trial lawyers
Prop 47, NO: Reduces penalty for most nonviolent crimes and requires the release of convicted felons.
Prop 48, NO: Tribal state gaming compact, mainly would allow casinos outside reservation land.
Or. Co. Measure E – NO. Skirts the real need for a county ethics commission.
Or. Co. Measure G – YES. The impacts include limiting OC Supervisors’ options in filling vacancies.
*Do not write in a name except for nonpartisan races with a blank line and box. OK for Guiterrez.