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Recommendations for the November 8, 2022 General 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 local races than in state-level districts, and local candidates are more likely to listen to you after the election.

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In Milpitas, progressive voters tend to vote for the following:

Candidates

  • Governor - Gavin Newsom
  • Lieutenant Governor - Eleni Kounalakis
  • Secretary of State - Shirley Weber
  • Controller - Malia Cohan
  • Treasurer - Fiona Ma
  • Attorney General - Rob Bonta
  • Insurance Commissioner - Ricardo Lara
  • 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*.
  • Chief Justice of California Supreme Court: Patricia Guerrero. (Vote YES)
  • Associate Justice of California Supreme Court: Goodwin Liu. (Vote YES)
  • Associate Justice of California Supreme Court: Martin Jenkins. (Vote YES)
  • Associate Justice of California Supreme Court: Joshua Groban. (Vote YES)
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction - Tony Thurmond
  • Milpitas Unified School District Board - Chris Norwood*
  • Milpitas Unified School District Board - Robert Jung*
  • Milpitas Unified School District Board - Anu Nakka*
  • Milpitas Mayor - Karina Dominguez*
  • Milpitas City Council - Hon Lien
  • Milpitas City Council - Dipak Awasthi*

* Candidates with an asterisk support the Milpitas PRT Project.



Ballotpedia Navigate 2022 Election!

Ballotpedia is the digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government.
State-level Propositions

Democracy activist Anna Koster created a spreadsheet/table showing the 7 state-level Propositions, and along with voting recommendations from many organizations. Find the easy-to-read version on SBPA's website. Here is the original version with links. Many of the linked web pages include candidate recommendations.




Local Measures (within Santa Clara County)
Official List of Local Measures
Progressive voters may find the following recommendations useful.
  • Measure A, City of Morgan Hill, Zoning Amendment - ?
  • Measure B, City of Morgan Hill, General Plan Amendment - ?
  • Measure C, City of Saratoga, Term Limit Ordinance - ?
  • Measure D, City of Gilroy, Charter Amendment - ?
  • Measure E, Patterson JUSD School Bonds - YES
  • Measure F, City of Milpitas, Term Limit Ordinance - NO
  • Measure G, City of Santa Clara, No Tax Increase/Services Protection Measure - ?
  • Measure H, City of Santa Clara, Business License Update/Tax Equity Measure - ?
  • Measure I, City of San Jose, City Charter Amendment - ?
  • Measure J, Town of Los Gatos, Business License Taxes - ?
  • Measure K, City of Palo Alto, Local Business Tax - ?
  • Measure L, City of Palo Alto, Natural Gas Utility General Fund Transfer - ?
  • Measure M, Loma Prieta JUSD Parcel Tax - YES
  • Measure N, East Side UHSD School Bonds - YES
  • Measure O, Campbell UHSD Parcel Tax - YES
  • Measure P, Oak Grove SD School Bonds - YES
  • Measure R, Union SD School Bonds - YES
  • Measure S, Alum Rock USD School Bonds - YES
  • Measure T, Campbell USD School Bonds - YES

"The Greenbelt Alliance Voter Guide includes our recommendations for your vote on important open space, water, housing, and transportation measures that will create thriving, resilient communities better prepared for climate change by protecting critical open space, reducing emissions, and enabling more climate-smart housing in the right places."

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.

Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, OpenSecrets is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Our mission is to track the flow of money in American politics and provide the data and analysis to strengthen democracy.


What will candidates do about issues affecting children?

Even though they do not vote, over 406,000 children living in Santa Clara County deserve elected officials who understand how funding and policy decisions impact their lives. For this "Voter's Guide On Children's Issues" we asked each candidate running for selected local, state or federal offices in Santa Clara County to answer five questions about their priorities for children. Candidates were given several weeks to respond to the survey.
The responses are in their words and are unedited.


How well do your legislators represent you?

Find out how often your representatives stand up for constituents over corporate lobbyists.
"We do this by increasing transparency on how they vote on important bills and by helping constituents better understand the degree to which big money infects our political process. "
Here are California State Assembly and Senate members by name.
Or simply enter your address to find your representatives and their score.

(Note that both Assembly members Alex Lee and Ash Kalra get an A+)


National Institute on Money in Politics Follow the Money!

Politicians are influenced by funders. Are campaign funds
coming from special interests or regular people?
Progressive 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 - Ricardo Lara
  • 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: Marisa Wood
  • U.S. Representative - CD 23: Derek Marshall.
  • State Senator, SD 10 - Aisha Wahab
  • Member of State Assembly - AD 20:
  • 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 Sheriff -
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 1 - Sylvia Arenas
  • Santa Clara County Board of Education, Area 2 - Tara Sreekrishnan
  • City of San José Mayor - Cindy Chavez
  • 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 -
  • San Clara Mayor - Anthony Becker
  • San Clara City Council, District 2 - Raj Chahal



Congressional Republicans voted against We the People.
Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club Recommendations
After a few proposition and local measure recommendations, they list endorsed candidates from state-level to city councils.


Green Party of Alameda County Recommendations
The Greens provide guidance on both East Bay candidates and local measures, along with explanations for their positions on Propositions.


California Environmental Voters Recommendations
Along with a few proposition and local measure recommendations, they list endorsed candidates for Congress and state legislature.


Courage California Progressive Voters Guide
Along with proposition recommendations are candidate voting guides by county -- including Santa Clara County.


Santa Clara County Democratic Party Recommendations
Check their endorsed candidates from state-level to school board followed by local measure recommendations.


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


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


San Jose Mercury/News Recommendations
Here are the Mercury News and East Bay Times editorial board endorsement editorials for Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.


South Bay Progressive Alliance Recommendations

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. Links are provided to support their campaigns with money or time.



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



Our Revolution East Bay lists their endorsed progressive candidates running in Nov. 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),
and the Alameda Progressives (City of Alameda),
in order to help you fill out your ballot."


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.



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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