May 8, 2012 - Ballots are now in the mail
Paper: Daily Democrat, The (Woodland, CA)
Title: Ballots are now in the mail
Date: May 8, 2012
Author: MediaNews Group/and Democrat staff
California's 2012 primary election has begun: Ballots for the June 5 election were mailed Monday, as early voting sites open.
Voters will choose their presidential nominees, though Mitt Romney has all but wrapped up the GOP nomination. And they'll also face choices for a U.S. Senate seat -- incumbent Dianne Feinstein and 23 challengers are listed on the ballot -- and all of California's 53 House districts.
That's where things get interesting: This is the Golden State's first full go-round with its new "top-two" primary system, in which voters of all parties can cast ballots for candidates of any party.
The top two vote-getters advance to November's general election, regardless of party. So in some districts with lopsided party registration, you might see two Democrats on November's ballot, in others two Republicans.
Congressman John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, faces four Republican challengers in the race for the new 3rd District, including Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann, Vacaville pilot Rick Tubbs, Vacaville martial arts instructor and real estate agent Eugene Ray and Sutter County Deputy District Attorney Tony Carlos.
As a result of redistricting, the 3rd District covers most of Yolo County, but not West Sacramento, and all or parts of Solano, Sacramento, Sutter, Yuba, Colusa and Glenn counties.
Redistricting also changed the area Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, represents. She is seeking reelection to the newly drawn Assembly District 4, which generally stretches from Williams on the north, northern Lake County to the west, Calistoga to the south and the Sacramento River to the east.
Yamada currently represents District 8, which largely includes Yolo and Solano counties. She is opposed by Republican John Munn, the president of the Yolo County Taxpayers Association.
In Yolo County-specific elections, Supervisor Duane Chamberlain is facing opposition from Woodland Mayor Art Pimentel in the 5th District.
As a result of redistricting, the 3rd District now includes 70 percent of Woodland rather than the previous 40 percent. The rest of the district is the rural areas of western and northern Yolo County.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Provenza and Supervisor Mike McGowan are unopposed for District 4, including Davis, and District 5, including West Sacramento and Clarksburg, respectively.
The other opposed election at the county level is for the Department 15 judgeship. Deputy District Attorney Clint Parish challenged Judge Daniel Maguire for his seat.
In Woodland, six candidates are competing for three City Council seats.
Incumbents Martie Dote, a substitute teacher who owns a photography business, and Tom Stallard, lawyer, business owner and former supervisor, face graphic design business owner Sean Denny, independent insurance agent and former Chamber of Commerce president Jim Hilliard, community activist and blogger Bobby Harris and retired teacher Jess Powell.
Yolo County residents and Californians will also vote on two statewide ballot measures.
Proposition 28 would reduce the time someone can serve in the Legislature from 14 years to 12 but would let lawmakers serve all of that time in one chamber. Current law limits Assembly members to three two-year terms and state senators to two four-year terms.
Proposition 29 would impose an additional $1 tax per pack of cigarettes sold in California. The proceeds would fund cancer research, smoking-reduction programs and tobacco law enforcement.
The last day to register to vote in the June 5 primary election is Monday, May 21. The deadline for requesting a vote-by-mail ballot is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. To be counted, all mail-in ballots must be received by county registrars by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
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