This Election 2018 Fresno 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:
- Statewide Offices
- 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.
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General Election Recommendations
November 6th, 2018
Important voting note:
Many are recommending Ed Hernandez to “strategically limit” evil. Why? Eleni Kounalakis is a socialist and probable governor/presidential candidate in the future. She is a powerful, more appealing Bernie Sanders. It would be best to defeat her now. Ed will never advance to a higher office.
Secretary of State
Attorney General; California
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Important voting note:
Many recommend Dianne Feinstein over Kevin de Leon to “strategically limit” evil. They dislike the thought of voting for her, but de Leon is a socialist anti-family candidate. If elected, he could run another one or two terms. Feinstein will never run again. In addition, de Leon could be a vice presidential candidate – our first total socialist. He must be defeated and stopped from being senator for the next 18 years.
California Supreme Court
Court rating explanation here
California Supreme Court (Vote Yes/No)
California State Court of Appeal
Justice, California State Court of Appeal; Fifth District (Vote Yes/No)
- Chuck Poochigian: 9 (JI: 9, Q: 8) Yes
- M. Bruce Smith: 4 (JI: 1, Q: 8) No
- Kathleen Meehan: 4 (JI: 1, Q: 7) No
- Thomas Desantos: 5 (JI: 1, Q:9) No
- Mark W. Snauffer: 5 (JI: 2, Q:9) No
- Donald R. Franson: 8 (JI: 7, Q:8) No
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Representative, 4th District
- Jessica Morse (D)
- Tom McClintock (R)
U.S. Representative, 16th District
- Elizabeth Heng (R)
- Jim Costa (D)
U.S. Representative, 21st District
- David G. Valadao (R)
- TJ Cox (D)
U.S. Representative, 22nd District
- Devin G. Nunes (R)
- Andrew Janz (D)
State Senate, 8th District
- Paulina Miranda (D)
- Andreas Borgeas (R)
State Senate, 12th District
- Anna Caballero (D)
- Rob Poythress (R)
State Senate, 14th District
- Andy Vidak (R)
- Melissa Hurtado (D)
California State Assembly
California State Assembly, 23rd District
- Jim Patterson (R)
- Aileen Rizo (D)
California State Assembly, 31st District
- Lupe Espinoza (R)
- Joaquin Arambula (D)
California Board of Equalization
California Board of Equalization, Member, District 1
- Tom Hallinan (D)
- Ted Gaines (R)
Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act
- A Yes Vote: The state will sell $4 (8) billion in bonds for affordable housing.
- A No Vote: The state will not sell bonds.
No Place Like Home Act
- A Yes Vote: The state can use mental health funds for housing for the homeless.
- A No Vote: The state cannot use the funds.
Bonds for Water
- A Yes Vote: The state can sell $8.9 (17 billion) in bonds to fund water and environmental projects.
- A No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.
Bonds for Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care
- A Yes Vote: The state can sell $1.5 (3 billion) in bonds for the construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of certain hospitals that treat children.
- A No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.
Homeowners Tax Base Replacement Initiative (Prop 13)
- A Yes Vote: All homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would be eligible for property tax savings when they move to a different house.
- A No Vote: Homeowners who are over 55 would not see a continuation of Proposition 13 benefits if they move to a different home.
- A Yes Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would be eliminated.
- A No Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would continue to be in effect.
Daylight Saving Time
- A Yes Vote: The Legislature, with a two-thirds vote, could change daylight saving time if the change is allowed by the federal government.
- A No Vote: California would maintain its current daylight saving time period, early March to early November.
Regulation and Price Control of Kidney Dialysis Clinics
- A Yes Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would have their revenues limited by a formula and could be required to pay rebates to certain parties (primarily health insurance companies) that pay for dialysis treatment.
- A No Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would operate without the extra control.
Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property
- A Yes Vote: State law would not limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.
- A No Vote: State law would continue to limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.
Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on Call During Work Breaks
- A Yes Vote: Private ambulance companies could continue their current practice of having emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics stay on-duty during their meal and rest breaks in order to respond to 911 calls.
- A No Vote: Private ambulance companies would be subject to labor laws for this industry. Based on a recent court decision, these laws likely would require ambulance companies to provide EMTs and paramedics with off-duty meal and rest breaks that cannot be interrupted by 911 call.
New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products
- A Yes Vote: There would be new minimum requirements on farmers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal.
- A No Vote: Current minimum space requirements for confining animals would continue to apply.
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