orange county voter guide

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:

  • President
  • Propositions
  • Superior Court Judges
  • Congress
  • State Senate
  • State Assembly
  • City Council

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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.

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President

  • Joe Biden(D) 
  • Donald Trump (R)  [Endorsed]

Propositions

14 voter NO

15 vote NO

16 vote NO

17 vote NO

18 vote NO

19 vote NO

20 vote YES

21 vote NO

22 vote YES

23 vote NO

24 vote NO

25 vote NO 


JUDICIAL RATINGS

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

Office 4

  • Tony Ferrentino (Uncontested) rating 5

U.S. Representative

38th District

  • Linda Sánchez (D) (Incumbent) 
  • Michael Tolar (D) 

39th District

  • Gil Cisneros (D) (Incumbent) 
  • Young Kim (R) 

45th District

  • Katie Porter (D) (Incumbent)
  • Greg Raths (R) 

46th District

  • Lou Correa (D) (Incumbent)
  • James Waters (R) 

47th District

  • Alan Lowenthal (D) (Incumbent)
  • John Briscoe (R)

48th District

  • Harley Rouda (D) (Incumbent)
  • Michelle Steel (R) [Endorsed] 

49th District

  • Mike Levin (D) (Incumbent)
  • Brian Maryott (R)

California State Senate

District 29

  • Josh Newman (D) 
  • Ling Ling Chang (R) (Incumbent) 

District 37

  • Dave Min (D)
  • John M. W. Moorlach (R)  

State Assembly

District 55

  • Andrew Rodriguez (D) 
  • Phillip Chen (R) (Incumbent) 

District 65

  • Sharon Quirk-Silva (D) (Incumbent)
  • Cynthia Thacker (R) 

District 68

  • Melissa Fox (D)
  • Steven S. Choi (R) (Incumbent) 

District 69

  • Tom Daly (D) (Incumbent)
  • Jon Paul White (R) 

District 72

  • Diedre Nguyen (D)
  • Janet Nguyen (R) 

District 73

  • Scott Rhinehart (D)
  • Laurie Davies (R) 

District 74

  • Cottie Petrie-Norris (D) (Incumbent)
  • Diane Dixon (R)