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This Election 2018 Los Angeles 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:

  • California Supreme Court
  • California State Court of Appeal
  • U.S. Representatives
  • State Assembly
  • Attorney General; California
  • Superior Court Judges
  • Judges (Click here to learn more)
  • And More!

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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.

June 5th, 2018 Primary Election Recommendations

California Supreme Court (Yes/No)

  • Carol Corrigan: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes 
  • Leondra Kruger: 3 (JI: 3, Q: 3) No 

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; Second District (Yes/No)

  • Patricia Bigelow: 7 (JI: 7, Q: 7) Yes 
  • Arthur Gilbert: 7 (JI: 4, Q: 8) No 
  • Sandy Kriegler: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes 
  • Thomas Willhite: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes 
  • Norman Epstein: 8 (JI: 6, Q: 9) Yes 
  • Victoria Chavez: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes 
  • Luis A. Lavin: 6 (JI: 3, Q: 7) No 
  • John Segal: 7 (JI: 4, Q: 8) No 
  • Martin J. Tangeman: 5 (JI: 4, Q: 7) No 
  • Lamar W. Baker: 5 (JI: 3, Q: 6) No 
  • Elwood G. Lui: 7 (JI: 5, Q: 8) No 

U.S. Representative, 23rd District

  • Kevin McCarthy (R): Recommend 
  • Wendy Reed (D):  Do Not Recommend
  • Kurtis Wilson (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Tatiana Matta (D): Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 25th District

  • Steve Knight (R):  Recommend 
  • Bryan Caforio (D):  Do Not Recommend
  • Katie Hill (D):  Do Not Recommend
  • Michael Masterman-Smith (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Jess Pelaez Phoenix (D): Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 27th District

  • Beatrice I Cardenas (R): Recommend 
  • Judy Chu (D):  Do Not Recommend
  • Bryan Witt (D):  Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 28th District

  • Johnny J. Nalbandian (R):  Recommend
  • Adam Schiff (D):  Do Not Recommend
  • Sal Genovese (D):  Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 30th District

  • Mark Reed (R):  Recommend 
  • Brad Sherman (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Jon Pelzer (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Raji Rab (D):  Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 33rd District

  • Kenneth Weston Wright (R):  Recommend 
  • Richard J. Sullivan (D):  Do Not Recommend
  • Ted W. Lieu (D):  Do Not Recommend
  • Emory P. Rodgers (D): Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 34th District

  • Angela Elise McArdle (L): Recommend 
  • Jimmy Gomez (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Kenneth Mejia (G):  Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 37th District

  • Ron J. Bassilian (R):  Recommend 
  • Karen Bass (D):  Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 38th District

  • Ryan Downing (R) 
  • Linda T. Sanchez (D):  Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 39th District

  • Phil Liberatore (R): Recommend
  • Jay Chen (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Bob Huff (R): Do Not Recommend
  • Ted Rusk (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Andrew Sarega (R): Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 43rd District

  • Frank T. DeMartini (R): Recommend
  • Candance Camper (R): Do Not Recommend
  • Edwin P. Duterte (R): Do Not Recommend
  • Omar Navarro (R): Do Not Recommend
  • Maxine Waters (D): Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 44th District

  • Jazmina Saavedra (R): Recommend
  • Nanette Diaz Barragan (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Aja I. Brown (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Stacey Dash (R): Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 47th District

  • John Briscoe (R):  Recommend 
  • David Michael Clifford (R): Do Not Recommend
  • Alan Lowenthal (D):  Do Not Recommend

U.S. Senator

  • John Estrada (R): Recommend
  • Dianne Feinstein (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Kevin de Leon (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Erin Cruz (R): Do Not Recommend

State Senator, 20th District

  • Paul Vincent Avila (D): Recommend
  • Connie Leyva (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Matthew Munson (R): Do Not Recommend 

State Senator, 22nd District

  • Monica Garcia (D): Recommend 
  • Mike Eng (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Susan Rubio (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Ruben Sierra (D): Do Not Recommend

State Senator, 24th District

  • Peter Choi (D): Do Not Recommend 
  • Maria Elena Durazo (D): Do Not Recommend 
  • Dan Gordon (D): Do Not Recommend 

State Senator, 26th District

  • Mark Matthew Herd (L): Recommend 
  • Ben Allen (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Baron Bruno (None): Do Not Recommend

State Senator, 34th District

  • Janet Nguyen (R): Recommend 
  • Akash A. Hawkins (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Jestin L. Samson (D):  Do Not Recommend
  • Tom Umberg (D): Do Not Recommend

State Controller

  • Konstantinos Roditis (R): Recommend 
  • Betty Yee (D): Do Not Recommend

Treasurer; California

  • Jack M. Guerrero (R): Recommend 
  • Fiona Ma (D): Do not recommend
  • Vivek Viswanathan (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Kevin Akin (Peace and Freedom): Do Not Recommend
  • Mike Gatto (D): Do Not Recommend

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Karen Blake (I): Recommend 
  • Douglas Vigil (I): Do Not Recommend
  • Lily Ploski (I): Do Not Recommend
  • Tony Thurmond (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Marshall Tuck (D): Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 39th District

  • Ricardo Antonio Benitez (R): Recommend 
  • Luz Maria Rivas (D): Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 41th District

  • Alan S. Reynolds (None): Recommend 
  • Chris Holden (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Kenneth (Kenny) Rotter (D): Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 44th District

  • Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy (R): Recommend 
  • Jacqui Irwin (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Robert Zelinsky (D): Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 45th District

  • Justin M. Clark (R): Recommend 
  • Jeff Bornstein (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Ankur Patel (D)
  • Tricia Robbins Kasson (D): Do not Recommend
  • Jesse Gabriel (D): Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 49th District

  • Burton Brink (R): Recommend 
  • Ed Chau (D): Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 52nd District

  • Toni Holle (R): Recommend 
  • Ben W. Gibbins (L)
  • Frank Guzman (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Freddie Rodriguez (D): Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 53rd District

  • Michael A. Lewis (L): Recommend 
  • Rae Elisabeth Henry (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Kevin Hee Young Jang (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Miguel Santiago (D): Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 54th District

  • Glen Ratcliff (R): Recommend 
  • Steve Dunwoody (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Sydney K. Kamlager (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Tepring Michelle Piquado (D): Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 55th District

  • Phillip Chen (R): Recommend 
  • Melissa Fazli (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Gregg D. Fritchle (D)
  • James G. Gerbus (R): Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 57th District

  • Jessica Martinez (R): Recommend 
  • Ian C. Calderon (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Blake Sullivan Carter (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Oscar J. Llamas (R): Do Not Recommend
  • Justin Joshua Valero (D): Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 58th District

  • Mike Simpfenderfer (R): Recommend 
  • Pedro Aceituno (D)
  • Ivan Altamirano (D)
  • Christina Garcia (D): Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 59th District

  • Leslie Hagan-Morgan (D): Recommend 
  • Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D)

State Assembly, 62nd District

  • Al L. Hernandez (R): Recommend 
  • Autumn Burke (D):  Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 64th District

  • Anthony Perry (None): Recommend 
  • Mike A. Gipson (D):  Do Not Recommend

State Assembly, 66th District

  • Frank A. Scotto (R): Recommend 
  • Al Muratsuchi (D):  Do Not Recommend
  • Caney Arnold (D): NA

State Assembly, 70th District

  • Honor “Mimi” Robson (L): Do Not Recommend 
  • Patrick O’Donnell (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Elliot Ruben Gonzales (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Caney Arnold (D): NA

Attorney General; California

  • Steven Bailey (R): 7 (JI: 8, Q: 6) Recommend 
  • Xavier Becerra (D): 6 (JI: 4, Q: 7) Do Not Recommend
  • Eric Early (R): 6 (JI: 6, Q: 6) Do Not Recommend
  • Dave Jones (D): 6 (JI: 4, Q: 7) Do Not Recommend

JUDGES

Ratings: 

Judicial Index (JI)

  • Positions
  • Contributions
  • Rulings
  • Statements

Qualifications (Q)qualifications rating scale

  • Experience
  • Reputation
  • Integrity
  • American Bar
  • Association ratings

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 4 

  • Alfred A. Coletta: 7 (JI: 7, Q: 7) Recommend 
  • Veronica Sauceda: 6 (JI: 5, Q: 6) Do Not Recommend 
  • Matthew Schonbrun: 6 (JI: 4, Q: 7) Do Not Recommend 

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 16 

  • Sydne Jane Michel: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Recommend
  • Hubert S. Yun: 9 (JI: 9, Q: 8) Do Not Recommend
  • Patricia (Patti) Hunter: 5 (JI: 5, Q: 6) Do Not Recommend

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 20 

  • Mary Ann Escalante: 7 (JI: 7, Q: 7) Recommend 
  • Wendy Segall: 6 (JI: 5, Q: 7) Do Not Recommend

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 60 

  • Tony J. Cho: 7 (JI: 6, Q: 7) Recommend 
  • Ben Colella: 5 (JI: 4, Q: 6) Do Not Recommend 
  • Holly Hancock: 4 (JI: 3, Q: 5) Do Not Recommend 

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 63

  • Anthony Lewis: NA (JI: NA, Q: 6)
  • Malcolm Mackey: 6 (JI: 5, Q: 7)

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 67

  • Onica Valle Cole: 6 (JI: 4, Q: 7) Do Not Recommend
  • Dennis P. Vincent: 4 (JI: 4, Q: 4) Do Not Recommend
  • Maria Lucy Armendariz: 5 (JI: 3, Q: 6) Do Not Recommend

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 71

  • David A. Berger: 8 (JI: 8, Q: 8) Recommend 
  • Danielle R.A. Gibbons: NA (JI: NA, Q: 5) Do Not Recommend

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 113

  • Steven Schreiner: 8 (JI: 8, Q: 8) Recommend 
  • Javier Perez: 6 (JI: 5, Q: 7) Do Not Recommend
  • Matthew Schonbrun: 6 (JI: 4, Q: 7) Do Not Recommend
  • Michael P. Ribons: 6 (JI: 6, Q: 6) Do Not Recommend

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 118

  • Troy Davis: 6 (JI: 6, Q: 6) Second Choice 
  • David D. Diamond: 7 (JI: 5, Q: 8) Do Not Recommend 

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 126

  • Ken Fuller: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Recommend 
  • Shlomo Frieman: 5 (JI: 5, Q: 5) Do Not Recommend 
  • Rene Caldwell Gilbertson: 5 (JI: 4, Q: 6) Do Not Recommend 

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 146

  • Emily Theresa Spear: NA (JI: NA, Q: 7) Second Choice
  • Armando Duron: 5 (JI: 3, Q: 6) Do Not Recommend