With the Tuesday, Nov. 6 General Election approaching, many residents are filling out and mailing in their ballots while others will head to the polls on Election Day.
In this midterm election, California voters will select a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Locally, the ballot also includes a race for the state Board of Equalization member in District 1, with Tom Hallinan and Ted Gaines each in the running.
U.S. Senate hopefuls include incumbent Dianne Feinstein and challenger Kevin DeLeon.
In the District 10 race for U.S. Representative, incumbent Congressman Jeff Denham is being challenged by Josh Harder. Meanwhile, incumbent Assemblyman Heath Flora is being challenged in the District 12 State Assembly race by Robert D. Chase. Both districts include portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.
Stanislaus County voters also will cast ballots for County Superintendent of Schools – the race featuring Scott Kuykendall and Shannon Sanford – as well as for District Attorney, with incumbent Birgit Fladager being challenged by John R. Mayne.
For the Yosemite Community College District, Area 1, Margie Bulkin and Denise Springer are vying for the seat, which is shared with San Joaquin County.
In a special district election, the Oak Valley Hospital District has four candidates for three available seats; incumbents Dan Cummins and Dr. Edward Chock are seeking re-election and also looking to fill the posts are Kent Kushar and Dr. Chaitanya ‘Chet’ Mahida.
In Oakdale, voters will select two Oakdale City Council members, with incumbent Cherilyn Bairos seeking re-election and newcomers Teresa Kinney and Christopher Smith also on the ballot. The position of mayor is available as well, with longtime Mayor Pat Paul not seeking re-election. Current Oakdale councilman J.R. McCarty is running unopposed for the post.
The City of Oakdale also has Measure C on the ballot, a cannabis business license tax, which requires a 50 percent plus one vote for passage. The measure seeks to enact an ordinance authorizing the City Council to impose a business license tax at a rate of up to 15 percent of gross receipts on cannabis businesses and dispensaries, to help fund general municipal services.