Alameda County Voter Guide

Alameda County Voter Guide

This Election 2018 Alameda 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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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.

June 5th, 2018 Primary Election Recommendations

Statewide Offices


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 Alameda; Office 11

  • Karen Katz: 5 (JI: 5, Q: 6) Recommend as the lesser of evils 
  • Tara M. Flanagan: 4 (JI: 2, Q: 6)

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Representative, 13th District

  • Barbara Lee (D)

U.S. Representative, 15th District

  • Brendan St John (NPP)
  • Rudy L. Peters, Jr. (R) 
  • Eric Swalwell (D)

U.S. Representative, 17th District

  • Stephen Forbes (D)
  • Ro Khanna (D)
  • Khanh Tran (D)
  • Ron Cohen (R)
  • Kennita Watson (L) 

California State Assembly

State Assembly, 15th District

  • Judy Appel (D)
  • Ben Bartlett (D)
  • Jovanka Beckles (D)
  • Dan Kalb (D)
  • Andy Katz (D)
  • Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto (D)
  • Sergey Vikramsingh Piterman (D)
  • Owen Poindexter (D)
  • Cheryl Sudduth (D)
  • Raquella Thaman (D)
  • Buffy Wicks (D)
  • Pranav Jandhyala (R)

State Assembly, 16th District

  • Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D)
  • Catharine Baker (R)

State Assembly, 18th District

  • Rob Bonta (D)
  • Stephen Slauson (R) 

State Assembly, 20th District

  • Bill Quirk (D)

State Assembly, 25th District

  • Kansen Chu (D)
  • Carmen Montano (D)
  • Bob Brunton (R) 
  • Robert Imhoff (L)

State Senator

State Senator, 10th District

  • Bob Wieckowski (D)
  • Victor G. San Vicente (R)
  • Ali Sarsak (L)

California Board of Equalization

California Board of Equalization, Member, District 2

  • Mark Burns (R) 
  • Malia Cohen (D)
  • Cathleen Galgiani (D)
  • Barry Chang (D)

County Offices

Board of Education, Trustee Area 1

  • Joaquin J. Rivera
  • Abdur Rahman Sikder 

District Attorney   

  • Nancy E. O’Malley 
  • Pamela Price

Board of Directors, Zone 7

  • Dennis Gambs 
  • John Greci Jr.
  • Sarah Palmer
  • Olivia Sanwong
  • Bill Stevens

Auditor-Controller / Clerk-Recorder

  • Irella Christina Blackwood
  • Melissa Wilk


  • James “Jim” Johnson
  • Phong La
  • Kevin D. Lopez
  • John Weed