Los Angeles County Voter Guide

Los Angeles County Voter Guide

This Election 2018 Los Angeles 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:

  • California Supreme Court
  • California State Court of Appeal
  • U.S. Representatives
  • Attorney General; California
  • Superior Court Judges
  • Judges (Click here to learn more)
  • And More!

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Ratings:

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

California Supreme Court (Yes/No)

  • Carol Corrigan: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes
  • Leondra Kruger: 3 (JI: 3, Q: 3) No

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; Second District

  • Patricia Bigelow: 7 (JI: 7, Q: 7) Yes
  • Arthur Gilbert: 7 (JI: 4, Q: 8) No
  • Sandy Kriegler: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes
  • Thomas Willhite: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes
  • Norman Epstein: 8 (JI: 6, Q: 9) Yes
  • Victoria Chavez: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes
  • Luis A. Lavin: 6 (JI: 3, Q: 7) No
  • John Segal: 7 (JI: 4, Q: 8) No
  • Martin J. Tangeman: 5 (JI: 4, Q: 7) No
  • Lamar W. Baker: 5 (JI: 3, Q: 6) No
  • Elwood G. Lui: 7 (JI: 5, Q: 8) No

U.S. Representative, 28th District

  • Johnny J. Nalbandian (R):  Recommend
  • Adam Schiff (D):  Do Not Recommend
  • Sal Genovese (D):  Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 39th District

  • Phil Liberatore (R): Recommend
  • Jay Chen (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Bob Huff (R): Do Not Recommend
  • Ted Rusk (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Andrew Sarega (R): Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 43rd District

  • Frank T. DeMartini (R): Recommend
  • Candance Camper (R): Do Not Recommend
  • Edwin P. Duterte (R): Do Not Recommend
  • Omar Navarro (R): Do Not Recommend
  • Maxine Waters (D): Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 44th District

  • Jazmina Saavedra (R): Recommend
  • Nanette Diaz Barragan (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Aja I. Brown (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Stacey Dash (R): Do Not Recommend

U.S. Representative, 47th District

  • John Briscoe (R):  Recommend 
  • David Michael Clifford (R): Do Not Recommend
  • Alan Lowenthal (D):  Do Not Recommend

U.S. Senator

  • John Estrada (R): Recommend
  • Dianne Feinstein (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Kevin de Leon (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Erin Cruz (R): Do Not Recommend

State Controller

  • Konstantinos Roditis (R): Recommend
  • Betty Yee (D): Do Not Recommend

Treasurer; California

  • Jack M. Guerrero (R): Recommend
  • Fiona Ma (D): Do not recommend
  • Vivek Viswanathan (D): Do Not Recommend
  • Kevin Akin (Peace and Freedom): Do Not Recommend
  • Mike Gatto (D): Do Not Recommend

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Karen Blake (I): Recommend
    Overall Rating: 6
    Qualifications Rating: 3
    Educational Philosophy Rating: 8
  • Douglas Vigil (I): Do Not Recommend
    Overall Rating: 2
    Qualifications Rating: 1
    Educational Philosophy Rating: 4
  • Lily Ploski (I): Do Not Recommend
    Overall Rating: 5
    Qualifications Rating: 6
    Educational Philosophy Rating: 5
  • Tony Thurmond (D): Do Not Recommend
    Overall Rating: 3
    Qualifications: 5
    Educational Philosophy: 1
  • Marshall Tuck (D): Do Not Recommend
    Overall Rating: 5
    Qualifications: 6
    Educational Philosophy: 5

Attorney General; California

  • Steven Bailey (R): 7 (JI: 8, Q: 6) Recommend 
  • Xavier Becerra (D): 6 (JI: 4, Q: 7) Do Not Recommend
  • Eric Early (R): 6 (JI: 6, Q: 6) Do Not Recommend
  • Dave Jones (D): 6 (JI: 4, Q: 7) Do Not Recommend

JUDGES

Ratings: 

Judicial Index (JI)

  • Positions
  • Contributions
  • Rulings
  • Statements

Qualifications (Q)qualifications rating scale

  • Experience
  • Reputation
  • Integrity
  • American Bar
  • Association ratings

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 63

  • Anthony Lewis: NA (JI: NA, Q: 6)
  • Malcolm Mackey: 6 (JI: 5, Q: 7)

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 67

  • Michael P. Ribons: 6 (JI: 6, Q: 6) Recommend
  • Onica Valle Cole: 6 (JI: 4, Q: 7) Do Not Recommend
  • Dennis P. Vincent: 4 (JI: 4, Q: 4) Do Not Recommend
  • Maria Lucy Armendariz: 5 (JI: 3, Q: 6) Do Not Recommend

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 71

  • David A. Berger: 8 (JI: 8, Q: 8) Recommend
  • Danielle R.A. Gibbons: NA (JI: NA, Q: 5) Do Not Recommend

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 94

  • Kristin S. Escalante: 6 (JI: 5, Q: 7) Recommend
  • Klint James McKay: 6 (JI: 4, Q: 7) Do Not Recommend

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 118

  • Sydne Jane Michel: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Recommend (Best choice)
  • Troy Davis: 6 (JI: 6, Q: 6) Second Choice
  • David D. Diamond: 7 (JI: 5, Q: 8) Do Not Recommend

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 126

  • Ken Fuller: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Recommend
  • Shlomo Frieman: NA (JI: NA, Q: 5) Do Not Recommend
  • Rene Caldwell Gilbertson: 5 (JI: 4, Q: 6) Do Not Recommend

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 146

  • Sydne Jane Michel: 8 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Recommend (first choice)
  • Emily Theresa Spear: NA (JI: NA, Q: 7) Second Choice
  • David A. Diamond: 7 (JI: 5, Q: 8) Do not recommend
  • Armando Duron: 5 (JI: 3, Q: 6) Do Not Recommend