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U.S. House seats and state governor among posts contended this election

By Andrea Papagianis, Update: 5/30/2014

California’s primary voting began early this month as registered voters across the state received ballots by mail and marked their candidate choices before the June 3 election day.

Polling places will open throughout California Tuesday as voters see contests for governor, secretary of state and attorney general on the ballot. The state’s 53 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 80 seats in the state Assembly are on the ticket, as are 20 of the 40 seats in the state Senate.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) faces two challengers for the 49th District that stretches from northern San Diego County to San Clemente, Dana Point and north to Ladera Ranch. Democrats Dave Peiser of Encinitas and Noboru Isagawa of Laguna Niguel will try to unseat Issa, who has served since 2001.

At the state level, voters will also decide two ballot measures. The first, Proposition 41, would authorize redirecting $600 million in bond money to fund housing for low-income and homeless veterans.

California has the nation’s highest population of homeless veterans at an estimated 15,000, according to the latest homeless assessment conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The second statewide ballot measure, Proposition 42, is a proposed constitutional amendment that, if passed, would require local governing bodies to comply with state public records and open meeting laws.

By making compliance part of the equation, local governments would not be able to deny public records requests. It would also place the financial burden of Public Records Act compliance on local governments rather than the state. The state has not paid for such measures since 2002.

Incumbent California Gov. Jerry Brown faces 14 opponents in the primary, including candidate Joe Leicht from San Clemente. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom faces seven opponents and Attorney General Kamala Harris faces six.

Primary races for state controller, treasurer, insurance commissioner and superintendent of instruction also go before voters.

On the Ballot: Orange County

In Orange County, voters will see three Board of Supervisors seats on the ballot, including the 5th District seat being vacated by Pat Bates. Bates is running unopposed for the state Senate’s 36th District.

Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett, Laguna Niguel City Councilman Robert Ming, Mission Viejo City Councilman Frank Ury and Deputy District Attorney Joe Williams are vying for Bates’ seat.

With Assemblywoman Diane Harkey terming out of her 73rd Assembly post, and running for the state Board of Equalization, four Republicans and one Democrat face off in next week’s primary.

Dana Point City Councilman Bill Brough, Capistrano Unified School District board trustee Anna Bryson, constitutional lawyer and Irvine Valley College professor Wendy Gabriella and Rancho Santa Margarita City Councilman Jesse Petrilla are on the ballot. In an email Friday afternoon, former Laguna Niguel City Councilman Paul Glabb, who is on the ballot, withdrew from the Assembly race.

Locally, voters will also have their say on the county’s Measure A, which would require Orange County’s 12 elected officials, including the five supervisors, to contribute to their pensions.

The county offices of assessor, auditor-controller, county clerk-recorder, district attorney-public administrator, sheriff-coroner and treasurer-tax collector are also on the ballot.

Tuesday’s primary is nonpartisan, meaning the two top vote getters in each race will advance to the November 4 general election. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters website at for candidate information, to find your polling place and more. Voting information can also be found through the secretary of state’s office at

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  • David Bartholomew

    Who will report, write informative background articles to promote the Democratic candidates? Do we remember the CUSD elections when the League of Women’s Voters blocked questions to the candidate debates in year 2008?

    All the newspapers of our area are GOP / Republican Party card carrying members. Who will write the propaganda favoring the Democratic Party? Is it possible that no Democrat will represent an office, because the top two vote getters were Republican? Is that possible?

    We face conditions more each election year where it is rare to find a candidate in pro active process to reform California. Example is ‘the bullet train’. The funding of new tax burdens the ‘lose-lose’ versus the ‘win-win’. Another example is the ongoing ‘broad roads’ to expand products / transports coming across our Mexico border. Did you know that 100% of the CA elective reps are voting to fund this expansion!? The crisis is CA is growing so huge, lock step with the corruption / lobbyists’ funding election campaigns. I ask again, will there be no real Democrat to stand up against the O.C. / GOP / propaganda campaign, judiciary?

    I have seen no debate for these candidates? Why? You don’t think there is a conspiracy to add more mortar to the status quo broken Republic Form of government. News Group Owners don’t want to print the cognitive differentiations between candidates. Why is this process in the shadows? I believe this newspaper does give us information but why didn’t this newspaper give us the ‘organized debate opportunity’? Can you think of another issue or community matter more important, than removing corrupt politicians? signed

  • Good Point,thanks for sharing,Jonathan V,is a Republican Now,,and he Brags about it,,his coffee chat is all old retired ,Important people too him,,and Republicans,,,The whole Town is mostly run by conservative republicans,,,there tee,d off because of Our Awesome President Obama…and Jerry Brown ha ha ..

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