My Voter Guide for the June 3rd CA Primary

Short, sweet, and to the point. For voter information, including where to vote and sample ballots, click here.

For the record, if I didn’t know that Jerry Brown was running for re-election, then I wouldn’t know Jerry Brown was running for re-election. Brown, like most of the Democrats running for statewide office have taken the Black vote for granted and on Tuesday, June 3, I am sure that we will not disappoint them.  On the other hand the GOP is no better, the only difference is that we actually expect them to ignore the Black vote.

 

FEDERAL OFFICE

Congressional District 37
KAREN BASS

Congressional District 43
MAXINE WATERS

STATEWIDE OFFICE

Governor
JERRY BROWN

Lt. Governor
GAVIN NEWSOME

Secretary of State
ALEX PADILLA

Treasurer
JOHN CHIANG

Attorney General
KAMALA D. HARRIS

Insurance Commissioner
DAVE JONES

Board of Equalization District 3
JEROME HORTON

STATE OFFICES

Senate District 26
HOLLY MITCHELL

Assembly District 41
CHRIS HOLDEN

Assembly District 47
CHERYL BROWN

Assembly District 59
REGGIE JONES-SAWYER

Assembly District 62
GLORIA GRAY

Assembly District 64
MIKE GIPSON

SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES

Office 107
EMMA CASTRO

Office 97
SONGHAI ARMSTEAD

Office 54
SHANNON KNIGHT

Office 113
STEVE KLAIF

Office 76
PAMELA MATSUMOTTO

LOCAL OFFICE

L.A. School Board District 1
GEORGE MCKENNA

L.A. County Sheriff
BOB OLMSTEAD
(see below)

L.A. County Accessor
Nestor “Rick” Valencia

The Race for L.A. County Sheriff

Jim McDonnell had my vote for sheriff, Olmstead has it now and this is why…

I planned on voting for Jim McDonnell for Sheriff. That was until I had a talk with myself about who we support and why. I was supporting Jim McDonnell because he is an outsider to the Sheriff’s department—an important distinguisher for me among the seven candidates.

I didn’t really care who else endorsed him because I’m smart enough to make up my own mind and not vote like a pre-programmed robot. However, I’d be wrong if I didn’t acknowledge that after McDonnell received the who’s who support in the Black community, he stopped showing up at forums and debates in South Los Angeles. He did, I know, I was there at those events. That for me doesn’t work, especially because South LA seemingly provides the Sheriff’s department with the kind of job security some of us can only dream about.

McDonnell’s disappearing act doesn’t work for this voter, outsider or not. It tells me what to expect if elected to office. I’m going to vote for my number two choice tomorrow who hasn’t missed an opportunity to be in the hood, Bob Olmstead. Olmstead is the whistleblower on the jail misconduct and abuse. And while I have issues with how long it took him to blow that whistle, he was always my number two and now he’s my number one choice for sheriff.

If after the primary we have a runoff, I’ll reexamine my options, but for now it’s Olmstead instead. And before someone says to me, McDonnell’s an acting police chief, I know that. We make time in campaigns for the events and people we deem most important, and you know I know that as a person who has worked (not volunteered) on over 20 campaigns.

See Also: Who Would Mitrice Richardson Elect As Sheriff?

 

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