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 Riverbank, voters will select two Riverbank City Council members, with district elections for District 1, a three-way race between Luis Uribe, Jack Whorton and Eva Sanchez Nash while District 2 pits incumbents Cal Campbell and Leanne Jones Cruz against each other to fill the post.
The City of Riverbank also has Measure B 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 10 percent of gross receipts on cannabis businesses and dispensaries, to help fund general municipal services.
The Riverbank Unified School District is offering Measure G, a school bond that requires 55 percent passage. The bond proposed is $19.1 million and would focus on campus security and student safety along with modernizing classrooms and school facilities; with a projected average tax levy of 5.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.