Marin County Voter Guide

This Election 2018 Marin 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
  • Justice, California State Court of Appeal; First District
  • U.S. Senator
  • State Controller
  • Treasurer; California
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Attorney General; California
  • Judges (Click here to learn more)
  • And More!

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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

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

  • Sandra Margulies: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes 
  • Barbara J.R. Jones: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes 
  • Maria Rivera: 5 (JI: 4, Q: 6) No 
  • William McGuiness: 9 (JI: 9, Q: 9) Yes 
  • James Richman: 8 (JI: 8, Q: 8) Yes 
  • Marla J. Miller: 6 (JI: 4, Q: 7) No 
  • Jon B. Streeter: 6 (JI: 4, Q: 7) No 

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 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

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


Judicial Index (JI)JI-rating-scale1

  • Positions
  • Contributions
  • Rulings
  • Statements

Qualifications (Q)qualifications-rating-scale

  • Experience
  • Reputation
  • Integrity
  • American Bar
    Association ratings

California Supreme Court (Yes/No)

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