This Election 2020 Orange 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 Senate
- Assembly Men
- 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.
2020 Presidential Election Recommendations
(View official election schedule here)
- Joe Biden(D)
- Elizabeth Warren (D)
- Bernie Sanders (D)
- Pete Buttigieg (D)
- Tom Steyer (D)
- Mike Bloomberg (D)
- Donald Trump (R) [Endorsed]
- Governor William F. Weld (R)
Proposition 13 = Vote “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.
Superior Court Judge
- Tony Ferrentino (Uncontested) rating 5
- Katie Porter (D) (Incumbent)
- Rhonda Furin (R)
- Christopher Gonzales (R)
- Peggy Huang (R)
- Greg Raths (R)
- Don Sedgwick (R)
- Lisa Sparks (R)
- Lou Correa (D) (Incumbent)
- Pablo Mendiolea (D)
- James Waters (R)
- Will Johnson (Independent)
- Ed Rushman (Independent)
- Alan Lowenthal (D) (Incumbent)
- Peter Mathews (D)
- Jalen McLeod (D)
- John Briscoe (R)
- Sou Moua (R)
- Amy Phan West (R)
- Harley Rouda (D) (Incumbent)
- Brian Burley (R)
- James Griffin (R)
- John Schuesler (R)
- Michelle Steel (R) [Endorsed]
- Richard Mata (American Independent Party)
California State Senate
Trustee, Trustee Area 1 — Orange County Board of Education
Trustee, Trustee Area 3 — Orange County Board of Education
Trustee, Trustee Area 4 — Orange County Board of Education
Measure A: VOTE YES
Measure B: VOTE NO
BOND measure – Anaheim Union High School District
Measure G: VOTE NO
BOND measure – Brea Olinda Unified School District
Measure H: VOTE NO
BOND measure – Capistrano Unified School District
“Facilities Improvement” District No 2
Measure I: VOTE NO
BOND measure – Capistrano Unified School District
“Facilities Improvement” District No 3
Helpful article: Capo Unified School District’s newest
Bond Tax attempts: An Expensive Bad Idea!
Measure J: VOTE NO!
BOND measure – Fullerton Elementary School District
Measure K: VOTE NO!
BOND measure – Fullerton Joint Union High School
Measure L: VOTE NO
BOND measure – Rancho Santiago Community College
Measure M: VOTE NO
BOND measure -Saddleback Valley Unified School
Measure N: VOTE NO
BOND measure – Tustin Unified School District
MEASURE O: VOTE YES
$250,000/year Savings for Lowell Joint School District
(This is NOT a bond.) This $250,000/ year Savings will
be accomplished by transferring administrative support
from L.A. County Office of Education to Orange County
Department of Education, which provides these services
55th Republican Central Committee: GENE HERNANDEZ CRAIG YOUNG MELISSA A SALINAS – one of my top choices! TIM SHAW RHONDA SHADER BRETT R. BARBRE
65th Republican Central Committee: AMY FREMEN; DEWAYNE ALLEN NORMAND; BARON NIGHT; NICHOLAS DUNLAP; STEVE SARKIS LEROY MILLS
68th Republican Central Committee: FRED M. WHITAKER AUSTIN LUMBARD SCOTT VOIGTS MARK WILLIAM BUCHER; RAY GENNAWEY (added 2/20) DEBORAH PAULY or JOHN PARK (updated: 2/22)
69th Republican Central Committee: ALBERTA CHRISTY GISELA CONTRERAS BRIAN HARRINGTON; TIMOTHY RYAN WHITACRE;
72nd Republican Central Committee PETER AMUNDSON; PATRICK HARPER AMY PHAN WEST; KERMIT MARSH; JEFFREY BARKE; ANDREW DO
73rd Republican Central Committee NICK WILSON; LAURIE DAVIES; MIKE MUNZING; JAKE VOLLEBREGT; ELAINE GENNAWEY; DIANE HARKEY
74th Republican Central Committee: ERIK K. WEIGAND; BETH JOHNS; HOLDER THOMAS; A. “T.J.” FUENTES; WILL O’NEILL; EMILY SANFORD; SCOTT PEOTTER