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Recommendations for the June 7, 2022 Primary Election ballot

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For those who don't follow politics, here are 2 important points to know:

  1. There are 3 major political groups in America: Republicans (like Sen. Mitch McConnell), corporate Democrats (like Senator Joe Manchin), and progressive Democrats (like Assembly member Alex Lee, Congressman Ro Khanna, and Senator Bernie Sanders). To overcome corporate domination of our lives and governmental corruption, vote for progressives.
  2. Your vote counts more in this Primary Election than the November General Election because 1) far fewer people vote in Primaries, and 2) progressives who get enough votes to get onto the November ballot can upset the status quo and win.

In Milpitas, that means voting for the following:

Candidates

  • Governor - Gavin Newsom
  • Lieutenant Governor - Eleni Kounalakis
  • Secretary of State - Shirley Weber
  • Treasurer - Fiona Ma
  • Attorney General - Rob Bonta
  • Controller - Malia Cohan
  • Insurance Commissioner - Marc Levine
  • State Board of Equalization, District 2 - Sally Lieber
  • U.S. Senator - Alex Padilla
  • U.S. Representative - CD 17: Ro Khanna.
  • State Senator, SD 10 - Aisha Wahab
  • Member of State Assembly - AD 24: Alex Lee. *
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction - Tony Thurmond
  • Santa Clara County District Attorney - Sajid Khan
  • Santa Clara County Sheriff - Christine Nagaye
  • Santa Clara County Assessor - Andrew Crockett

* Wrote a letter of support for the dual-loop, advanced transit project proposed for the Milpitas Metro Area around the BART Transit Center.

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Local Measures
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Measure A - NO
  • City of San José Measure B - YES
  • City of Santa Clara Measure D - YES
  • Milpitas Unified School District Measure E - YES
  • Fremont Union High School District Measure G - YES
  • Mount Pleasant School District Measure H - YES
  • Alum Rock Union School District Measure I - YES
Learn more about the candidates, propositions and measures on your ballot at Voters' Edge simply by entering your address. The Registrar of Voters offers a full list of measures in Santa Clara County.


Track Your Ballot

If you vote by mail this election, you can request tracking information be sent to you by registering with the Secretary of State's Ballot Trax system:
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status/wheres-my-ballot


Follow the money

The San José Spotlight is reporting on how San José's 2022 mayoral and City Council candidates are getting and spending money here.


How well do your legislators represent you?

Find out how often your representatives stand up for constituents over corporate lobbyists. Here are California State Assembly and Senate members by name. (Note that Asm. Alex Lee gets an A+)
Or simply enter your address to find your representatives and their score.



National Institute on Money in Politics Follow the Money!

Politicians are influenced by funders. Are campaign funds
coming from special interests or regular people?
Recommendations for other Bay Area districts

  • Governor - Gavin Newsom
  • Lieutenant Governor - Eleni Kounalakis
  • Secretary of State - Shirley Weber
  • Treasurer - Fiona Ma
  • Attorney General - Rob Bonta
  • Controller - Malia Cohan
  • Insurance Commissioner - Marc Levine
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction - Tony Thurmond
  • State Board of Equalization, District 2 - Sally Lieber
  • U.S. Senator - Alex Padilla
  • U.S. Representative - CD 14: Eric Swalwell.
  • U.S. Representative - CD 16:
  • U.S. Representative - CD 17: Ro Khanna.
  • U.S. Representative - CD 18:
  • U.S. Representative - CD 19: Zoe Lofgren.
  • U.S. Representative - CD 20: Ben Dewell
  • U.S. Representative - CD 23: Derek Marshall.
  • State Senator, SD 10 - Aisha Wahab
  • Member of State Assembly - AD 20: Jennifer Esteen.
  • Member of State Assembly - AD 23: Marc Berman.
  • Member of State Assembly - AD 24: Alex Lee.
  • Member of State Assembly - AD 25: Ash Kalra.
  • Member of State Assembly - AD 26:
  • Santa Clara County District Attorney - Sajid Khan
  • Santa Clara County Sheriff - Christine Nagaye
  • Santa Clara County Assessor - Andrew Crockett
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 1 - Claudia Rossi
  • City of San José Mayor - Raul Peralez
  • San José City Council, District 1 -
  • San José City Council, District 3 - Omar Torres
  • San José City Council, District 5 - Peter Ortiz
  • San José City Council, District 7 -
  • San José City Council, District 9 -


Progressive Recommendations for all of California
Powered by Courage California, this statewide Progressive Voters Guide offers recommendations by county or address.


Republican Party Recommendations for all of California
Meet the CAGOP Endorsed Candidates offers recommendations by office and by your address.


Green Party Recommendations for all of California
Here is their list of Endorsed 2022 Statewide Candidates.


Planned Parenthood Recommendations for all of California
Here is their Statewide Voter Guide and Statewide Endorsed Candidates.
Here are Congressional Endorsements.
Here are Local Area Endorsements.


San Jose Mercury/News Recommendations
Here are their Endorsement Editorials.


Equality California Recommendations for all of California
To achieve full, lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people, Equality California is committed to endorsing and supporting openly LGBTQ+ and pro-equality candidates — up and down the ballot — who will fight for civil rights and social justice. Click here.



The South Bay Progressive Alliance only considers candidates for endorsement who make 4 affirmative pledges - including refusing donations from corporations. Each of these candidates submitted answers to an extensive questionnaire. (you can review a questionnaire and some answers to prepare yourself for the next Candidates Forum.) Links are provided to support their campaigns with money or time.

  • Member of State Assembly - AD 24: Alex Lee.
  • Member of State Assembly - AD 25: Ash Kalra.
  • Santa Clara County District Attorney - Sajid Khan
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 1 - Claudia Rossi
  • San José City Council, District 5 - Peter Ortiz



Progressive Democrats for Social Justice pursue transformational change in Santa Clara County, advocating for trauma-centered legal reform, economic equality, and healthy communities. We are happy to introduce PDSJ's first endorsement class:

  • Santa Clara County District Attorney - Sajid Khan
  • Santa Clara County Sheriff - Christine Nagaye
  • Santa Clara County Assessor - Andrew Crockett
  • San José City Council, District 3 - Omar Torres



District boundaries have changed, and you may be in different Districts at all levels of National, State, and Local government. To check your new Districts, follow THIS LINK.
You can go to vote.sccdp.org or refer to the digital voter guide below for SCCDP and CADEM endorsements. For a printable copy of the Digital Voter Guide, follow THIS LINK.
This is your opportunity to make your voice heard, so VOTE!
Regards, Bill James
Santa Clara County Democratic Party Chair

Smart Voter



Our Revolution East Bay just completed our second endorsement meeting for progressive candidates running in 2022 elections. Although OREB makes endorsements throughout the East Bay, they are most organized in northern Alameda County (especially Berkeley and Oakland) and Contra Costa County.
"As a result, we may occasionally miss progressive candidates and ballot measure positions in other parts of the East Bay. You may also wish to review the endorsements of
the Richmond Progressive Alliance,
the FUN Progressives (Fremont, Union City, and Newark),
the Alameda Progressives (City of Alameda),
and Our Revolution San Leandro
in order to help you fill out your ballot."

Support OREB Endorsed Candidates:
Our newsletters will regularly list opportunities to volunteer to help get our endorsed progressives elected. If you can put any time into volunteering for them, it will be greatly appreciated. We're including campaign web sites where you can get more information, and also, make donations to the candidates.



Environmentalist, progressive, and California Democratic Party rebel RL Miller recommends:

  • I've endorsed Rob Bonta because he promised me that he would dust off the ExxonKnew file that AG Harris opened and AG Becerra shelved. YMMV.
  • I've endorsed Malia Cohen over Ron Galperin because she divested San Francisco from fossil fuels and he did nothing about divestment as LA City's controller. And I tried! in 2015-16. YMMV.
  • I've endorsed Marc Levine for insurance commissioner over Ricardo Lara because insurance companies play a huge role in funding fossil fuel projects, and Lara is disengaged and in fact has been criticized by outside groups such as the Sunrise project (not to be confused with the Sunrise movement). YMMV.



Southern California Voters

The LA Progressives are anti-racist anti-oppression activists who have for more than three decades brought an intentional focus on intersectionality, non-binary gender issues as well as the panoply of issues traditionally viewed as being within the progressive wheelhouse such as racism, sexism, ageism, anti-Semitism, ableism and others. Find their recommendations HERE.


Learn More!

Learn more about the candidates, propositions and measures on your ballot at Voters' Edge simply by entering your address. The Registrar of Voters offers a full list of measures in Santa Clara County.



If you are confused about a candidate or measure
and have no trusted source to guide you, it's actually best to NOT vote on that one.
Voting is not a school test; leaving some empty spaces does not hurt you.




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