San Diego County Voter Guide

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This Election 2018 San Diego 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:

  • Governor
  • Statewide Offices
  • Legislatures
  • Judges
  • Propositions and More!

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  •  : 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

Statewide Offices

Governor 27 candidates total | The below are the candidates polling the highest (For full explanation of this endorsement, click here)

  • Travis Allen (R)
  • John Cox (R) 
  • John Chiang (D)
  • Gavin Newsom (D)
  • Delaine Eastin (D)
  • Antonio Villagairosa (D)

Lt. Governor 11 candidates total | The below are the candidates polling the highest

  • Jeff Bleich (D)
  • Ed Hernandez (D)
  • Eleni Kounalakis (D)
  • David Hernandez (R) 
  • David Fennell (R)

Secretary of State

  • Ruben Major (D)
  • Mark Meuser (R) 
  • Michael Feinstein (G)
  • Alex Padilla (D)
  • T. Weber (P)

State Controller

  • Konstantinos Roditis (R) 
  • Betty Yee (D)

Treasurer; California

  • Jack M. Guerrero (R) 
  • Fiona Ma (D)
  • Vivek Viswanathan (D)
  • Kevin Akin (P)
  • Mike Gatto (D)

Attorney General; California

  • Steven Bailey (R) 
  • Xavier Becerra (D)
  • Eric Early (R)
  • Dave Jones (D)

Insurance Commissioner

  • Ricardo Lara (D)
  • Asif Mahmood (D)
  • Nathalie Hrizi (P)
  • Steve Poizner (I) 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Lily Ploski (I)
  • Tony Thurmond (D)
  • Marshall Tuck (D) 
  • Steven Ireland (I)

U.S. Senator 32 candidates total | The below are the candidates polling the highest (For full explanation of this endorsement, click here)

  • Dianne Feinstein (D)
  • Kevin de Leon (D)
  • Paul Taylor (R) 
  • Erin Cruz (R)
  • Tom Palzer (R)


Proposition 68: Authorizes Bond Funding parks, Natural Resources Protection, Climate Adaptation, Water Quality and Supply, and Flood Protection. Recommendation: No vote Proposition 69: Requires that certain new transportation revenues be used for transportation purposes. Legislative Constitutional Amendment. Recommendation: No vote Proposition 70: Requires Legislative Supermajority Vote Approving Use of Cap–And-Trade Reserve Fund. Legislative Constitutional Amendment. Recommendation: No vote Proposition 71: Sets Effective Date for Ballot Measures. Legislative Constitutional Amendment. Recommendation: Yes vote Proposition 72: Permits Legislature to Exclude Newly Constructed Rain-Capture Systems From Property-Tax Reassessment Requirement. Legislative Constitutional Amendment. Recommendation: Yes vote

Judges (For Judicial Rating Explanation Click Here)

Superior Court Judge; County of San Diego; Office 28

  • Vicki Rothman: 10 (JI: 10, Q: 9) 
  • Herbert J. Exarhos: 7 (JI: 7, Q: 7) 

Superior Court Judge; County of San Diego; Office 37

  • Gary G. Kreep: 9 (JI: 10, Q: 8) 
  • Matt Brower: 5 (JI: 4, Q: 6)  
  • Tim Nader: 5 (JI: 4, Q: 6) 
  • Victor Torres: 6 (JI: 5, Q: 7) 
  • Steve Miller: 7 (JI: 6, Q: 8) 

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Representative, 49th District

  • Diane L. Harkey (R) 
  • Mike Levin (D)
  • Rocky J. Chavez (R)
  • Sara Jacobs (D)
  • Paul G. Kerr (D)

U.S. Representative, 50th District

  • Bill Wells (R) 
  • Ammar Campa-Najjar (D)
  • Josh Butner (D)
  • Duncan Hunter (R)
  • S. “Shamus” Sayed (R)

U.S. Representative, 51st District

  • John R. Renison Jr. (R)
  • Juan Carlos “Charlie” Mercado (NPP)
  • Juan M. Hidalgo Jr. (R) 
  • Juan Vargas (D)

U.S. Representative, 52nd District

  • Scott Peters (D)
  • Michael Allman (R)
  • Omar Qudrat (R)
  • James Veltmeyer (R) 

U.S. Representative, 53rd District

  • Susan A. Davis (D)
  • Bryan Kim (NPP)
  • Morgan Murtaugh (R) 
  • Matt Mendoza (R)

California State Senator

State Senate, 38th District

  • Brian W. Jones (R) 
  • Antonio Salguero (L)
  • Jeff Griffith (D)

State Senator, 40th District

  • Luis R. Vargas (R) 
  • Ben Hueso (D)

California State Assembly

State Assembly, 71st District

  • Randy Voepel (R) 
  • James Elia (D)
  • Larry A. Wilske (R)

State Assembly, 75th District

  • Alan Geraci (D)
  • Marie Waldron (R) 

State Assembly, 76th District

  • Maureen “Mo” Muir (R) 
  • Tasha Boerner Horvath (D)
  • Philip “Phil” Graham (R)
  • Jerome Stocks (R)
  • Thomas E. Krouse (R)

State Assembly, 77th District

  • Sunday Gover (D)
  • Brian Maienschein (R) 

State Assembly, 78th District

  • Maggie J. Campbell (R) 
  • Todd Gloria (D)

State Assembly, 79th District

  • John Moore (R) 
  • Shirley N. Weber (D)

California Board of Equalization

California Board of Equalization, Member, District 4

  • Mike Schaefer (D)
  • David Dodson (D)
  • Nader F. Shahatit (R)
  • Ken Lopez-Maddox (D)
  • Joel Anderson (R) 
  • John Kelly (R)
  • Jim Stieringer (R)

County Offices

EDUCATIONAL OFFICES County Board of Education, District 3

  • Eric J. Lund 
  • Alicia Munoz

County Board of Education, District 5

  • Cheryl James-Ward 
  • Steven A. McDowell
  • Rick Shea

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College, Area 1

  • Linda Cartwright
  • Edwin Hiel
  • Jonathan Olsen 

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College, Area 2

  • Jonathan M. Bowman
  • Bill Exeter 
  • Debbie Justeson

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College, Area 5

  • Brad Monroe
  • Teresa A. Rosiak 
  • Wesley S. Thomas Jr.

San Diego Community College, District A

  • Diane Hickman 
  • Maria Nieto Senour
  • Janette Williams

San Diego Community College, District C

  • Aviva Angel
  • Loren S. Casuto 
  • Craig Milgrim
  • John B. Watson

San Diego Community College, District E

  • David Alvarez
  • Allan Candelore 
  • Sean Elo
  • Rafael A. Perez

San Diego Unified Schools, District B

  • Kevin Beiser
  • Bret H. Caslavka
  • Tom Keliinoi  (Write-in candidate)

San Diego Unified Schools, District C

  • Aviva Angel
  • Eric Korevaar
  • Michael McQuary
  • Marcia Lee Nordstrom  (Write-in candidate)


Board of Supervisors, District 4

  • Bonnie Dumanis 
  • Nathan Fletcher
  • Richard Hansen
  • Ken Malbrough
  • Omar Passons
  • Lori Saldana

Board of Supervisors, District 5

  • Jacqueline Arsivaud
  • Jim Desmond 
  • Robert Gerard
  • Michelle Gomez
  • Jerome M. Kern


  • Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr. 
  • Matt Strabone

District Attorney

  • Genevieve Jones Wright
  • Summer Stephan 

Sheriff; San Diego County

  • Bill Gore 
  • Dave Myers

Treasurer/Tax Collector

  • Dan McAllister 

Local Offices

Chula Vista City Council, District 2

  • Steve Castaneda
  • Jill M. Galvez
  • Patrick MacFarland
  • Jesse Navarro
  • Steve Stenberg 
  • Max Zaker

Chula Vista Mayor

  • Hector Raul Gastelum 
  • Arthur Kende
  • Mary Casillas Salas
  • Daniel Schreck

Chula Vista Measure A 

  • Recommend: No

San Diego City Council, District 2

  • Jordan Beane
  • Jennifer Campbell
  • Randy Hahn
  • Kevin D. Melton
  • Bryan Pease
  • Daniel Smiechowski
  • Lorie Zapf 

San Diego City Council, District 4

  • Neal Arthur
  • Myrtle Cole
  • Monica Montgomery
  • Tony Villafranca 

San Diego City Council, District 6

  • Jeremiah Blattler
  • Chris Cate 
  • Kevin Lee Egger
  • Tommy Hough
  • Fayaz Nawabi
  • Matt Valenti