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JM! Voting Guide PDF Download: HERE

Polling Places & Sample Ballot SF Elections: HERE

Polling Places in California: HERE

Vote by Mail: HERE

Frequently Asked Voter Questions: HERE

I have created a voting guide with the help of friends and community members whose opinions I trust.
Loads of Love, Juanita

Local Races:

Mayor: 1. Mark Leno. As most of my followers know, I am a big fan of Mark Leno. As former Supervisor of the Castro and as State Senator, Mark has done more for renters facing eviction and for our LGBTQ community than just about anyone else over the past two decades. That said, San Francisco uses rank choice voting for critical candidate races. I encourage you to think critically about your second and third place votes. They will matter in the instant runoff. If you’re not putting Mark first, well, that’s your mistake, but you’d better put him second!

Board of Supervisors, District 8: Rafael Mandelman

Superior Court Judges: Four long-term veteran judges are being challenged by four talented public defenders. You can’t lose here, but if you want to see new voices on the bench, vote for Phoenix, Maria, Kwixuan and Niki.

Seat 4: Phoenix Streets

Seat 7: Maria Evangelista

Seat 9: Kwixuan Maloof

Seat 11: Niki Solis

State Races:

Governor: Delaine Eastin. The first and only woman to be elected California Superintendent of Public Education, Delaine is the most progressive and most inspiring candidate in the race. She may not have the name recognition of other candidates, but she is qualified and fierce.

Lieutenant Governor: Gayle McLaughlin. Like Delaine, Gayle faces an uphill battle to beat back a well-funded candidate with heavy establishment support. As Mayor of Richmond, Gayle fought and won against Big Oil, boosted the minimum wage and adopted rent control. Vote for Gayle.

Secretary of State: Alex Padilla.

Controller: Betty Yee.

State Treasurer: Kevin Akin.

Attorney General: Dave Jones. He’s progressive and his opponent supports capital punishment. Say no more, and vote for Dave.

Insurance Commissioner: Nathalie Hrizi. A public school teacher and advocate for socialized health care and women’s liberation, Nathalie has a slim chance of making it to the general election in November, the primary is a perfect time to advance her forward-thinking platform.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond. Tony is a State Assemblymember from Richmond, a lifelong youth and social justice advocate, and is running a tight race against an opponent flush with private charter school money. Vote for Tony.

Board of Equalization, District 2: No endorsement.

State Assembly, District 15: Jovanka Beckles. Yet another progressive candidate facing a well-funded, establishment-backed opponent who has never held public office. If you live in the East Bay, Jovanka is the grassroots candidate to support. She’s the first openly lesbian city council member in Richmond, and she’s a total badass.

State Assembly, District 17: No endorsement.

State Assembly, District 19: Phil Ting.

State Propositions:

Prop 68 - California drought, water, parks, climate, coastal protection, and outdoor access for all act of 2018: YES

Prop 69 - Motor vehicle fees and taxes: restriction on expenditures: appropriations limit: YES

Prop 70 - Greenhouse gas reduction reserve fund: NO

Prop 71 - Ballot measures: effective date: YES

Prop 72 - Property tax: new construction exclusion: rainwater capture system: YES

Federal Races:

U.S. Senator: Kevin de León. Kevin de Leon is the current California State Speaker of the House, and would be the first Latino Senator from the State of California. He’s running to the progressive left of Dianne, and as a result, she’s taken stronger positions on supporting immigrants and legalizing cannabis. Kevin de Leon might not win, but let’s continue to support his progressive agenda!

Congress, Districts 12: Nancy Pelosi.

Congress, Districts 14: Jackie Speier.

Regional Measures:

Regional Measure 3 (“RM-3”) - Raise Bridge Tolls $3 Over 7 Years to Fund Transportation Projects: YES

Local Propositions:

Prop A - Public Utilities Revenue Bonds: YES to Expanding Clean Energy Facilities!

Prop B - Prohibiting Appointed Commissioners from Running for Office: YES to Good Government!

Prop C - Additional Tax on Commercial Rents Mostly to Fund Child Care and Education: YES to Universal Childcare

Prop D - Additional Tax on Commercial Rents Mostly to Fund Housing and Homelessness Services: NO This one may sound good on paper, but it’s actually a poison pill to kill Prop C. This is cutthroat, cynical politics, and even if it wins, Prop D would be throwing mere pennies at our growing poverty problem. We deserve better.

Prop E - Prohibiting Tobacco Retailers from Selling Flavored Tobacco Products: YES to Beating Back Big Tobacco

Prop F - City-Funded Legal Representation for Residential Tenants in Eviction Lawsuits: YES to Universal Eviction Protection. This is probably the most groundbreaking and exciting thing on this June’s ballot. Just like everyone is entitled to a Public Defender, this would provide everyone facing eviction with qualified legal representation to fight that eviction. This City has been flipped by wealth and speculation, and unfair evictions have been the means. In a City that is overwhelmingly renters, so many of whom are facing housing insecurity, let’s fight back.

Prop G - Parcel Tax for San Francisco Unified School District: YES to Increased Wages for Public School Teachers

Prop H - Policy for the Use of Tasers by San Francisco Police Officers: NO

Prop I - Relocation of Professional Sports Teams: YOU DECIDE. This is ultimately meaningless. Of course, I would welcome a new sports arena if it meant Jackson could win the Westminster Dog Show on his home turf.