What’s on the November ballot?

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Dozens of local, county, state and federal representatives will be chosen, judges selected and initiatives decided following the Nov. 6 General Election.

Ridgecrest voters have an opportunity to elect incumbent Peggy Breeden or challenger Tom Wiknich to the two-year seat for Mayor. Two four-year seats on the Ridgecrest City Council are also available, with incumbent Michael Mower facing challengers Loren Scott Hayman, Reese Hogg III and Steven Morgan.

For the two available four-year terms on the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors, residents can choose from incumbents Chuck Griffin and Peter Brown, as well as challengers Stanley Rajtora and David Saint-Amand.

Ballots for residents in the unincorporated areas of Kern County will also have an opportunity to vote on a 1-cent sales tax increase. Although the measure is defined as a general-fund tax — meaning it needs only 50-percent-plus-one voter approval — the Kern County Board of Supervisors has verbally committed to spending at least 60 percent of the anticipated $20 million increase in revenue on public safety-related expenditures.

The tax will be applied, and presumably allocated, only in areas outside of municipalities. Most metropolitan areas, including the city of Ridgecrest, have already approved similar tax increases.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood proposed the tax increase after the county lost significant funding following the plummetting oil prices in 2015.

Ballots for residents living outside the city of Ridgecrest will have other differences, as well, including the omission of elections for city of Ridgecrest and?IWV?Water District officials.

For 34th District of the California Assembly, Republican Vince Fong faces Democrat Nick Nicita.

With the retirement of 16th District State Senator Jean Fuller, Republican Shannon Grove and Democrat Ruth Musser-Lopez will face off for that seat.

Democrat Tatiana Matta is challenging Republican Kevin McCarthy for the 23rd District seat in the House of Representatives.

Longtime Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is facing a challenge from another Democrat, Kevin DeLeon, for the federal seat.

Numerous state offices on the ballot include:

Governor — Gavin Newsom (D) and John H. Cox (R)

Lt. Governor — Eleni Kounalakis (D) and Ed Hernandez (D)

Secretary of State — Mark Meuser (R) and Alex Padilla (D)

Controller — Betty Yee (D) and Konstantinos Roditis (R)

Treasurer — Fiona Ma (D) and Greg Conlon (R)

Attorney General — Xavier Becerra (D) and Steven Bailey (R)

Insurance Commissioner — Steve Poizner (no party affiliation) and Ricardo Lara (D)

1st District Board of State Equalization — Tom Hallinan (D) and Ted Gaines (R)

A total of seven judge appointments are also up for voter approval, though none of the options are contested.

Voters can choose between Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Kern County Measure J proposes to retain the ban on commercial use, regulates medicinal use and imposes a 7.5-percent tax on adjusted gross income.

Measure K introduces additional regulation and taxation of recreational and medicinal cannabis, imposes additional permit fees, restricts the number of dispensaries and levies a 5-percent annual tax on gross receipts.

State propositions include:

Prop 1, authorizing bonds to fund specified housing assistance programs

Prop 2, authorizing bonds to fund existing housing programs for individuals with mental illness

Prop 3, authorizing bonds to fund projects for water supply and quality, watershed, fish, wildlife, conveyance, sustainability and storage

Prop 4, authorizing bonds funding construction at hospitals providing children’s health care

Prop 5, changing requirements for certain property owners to transfer property tax base to replacement property

Prop 6, eliminating certain road repair and transportation funding, requiring that certain fuel taxes and vehicle licensing fees be approved by the electorate (repeal of “gas tax” proposition)

Prop 7, conforming California daylight savings time to federal law, allowing legislature to change daylight savings time period

Prop 8, regulating amounts outpatient kidney dialysis clinics charge for dialysis treatment

Prop 9 (removed from the ballot by order of California Supreme Court)

Prop 10, expanding local government authority to enact rent control

Prop 11, requiring private-sector emergency ambulance employees to remain on call during work breaks, eliminates some employer liability

Prop 12, establishing new standards for confinement of specified farm animals, bans sale of noncomplying products

For more information see www.kernvote.com.

Story First Published: 2018-10-26