This Election 2020 Contra Costa County voter guide will help you cut through the rhetoric, election propaganda and biased media coverage of the campaigns. This guide ranks every aspect of a candidate’s record according to experience, integrity, and commitment to community.
Here you’ll find recommendations for:
- Superior Court Judges
- State Senator
- State Assembly
- City Council
Scroll down for our recommendations.
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Ratings: Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete. Here is our rating system:
- : The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement.
- : Very good.
- : Acceptable.
- : Vote only to prevent worse candidate(s) from winning.
- : Terrible. Do Not Vote. All your other votes will count.
Click here for new policy for write-in candidates.
To get an understanding of why we recommend the propositions the way we do, I have created a short video reviewing each proposition and the reasons why we say yes or no, along with some other detail you should find interesting. You can watch the video HERE.
14 – No
15 – No
16 – No
17 – No
18 – No
19 – No
20 – Yes
21 – No
22 – Yes
23 – No
24 – No
25 – No
Judges sitting on California courts may be incompetent, corrupt or lazy. Even worse, many are political opportunists with a political agenda.
There are two types of judges. One is the “judicial activist.” A judicial activist legislates from the bench. Instead of strictly interpreting California law, these judges make the laws. Instead of applying the law to facts, they rule based on their own values
Judicial activists have:
- Overturned voter-passed initiatives and laws passed by the state legislature because they personally have different belief system. They twist the law to rationalize their decisions.
- Imposed their own moral codes, political beliefs and secular values in an effort to reshape our society and promote social engineering.
The second judicial philosophy, “strict constructionist,” is one in which the judge impartially arrives at a fair judgment based on law.
Judicial activists are usually more liberal; strict constructionists are usually more conservative.
HOW WE COME UP WITH A FINAL RATING
1 being lowest, 10 being best. This is a 1-10 scale for Judge ratings.
We come up with the final rating by taking the average of the candidate’s Judicial Index and Qualifications. For example, if the candidate had a Judicial Index of 8 and Qualifications of 6, their overall rating would be 7.
California Superior Court Judges
- Suzanne M. Fenstermacher (Incumbent)
- Pezhman Pakneshan
U.S. House of Representatives
- Jerry McNerney (D) (Incumbent)
- Antonio Amador (R)
California State Senate
- Nancy Skinner (D) (Incumbent)
- Jamie Dluzak (Lib)