Santa Cruz County Voter Guide

Santa Cruz County Voter Guide

This Election 2020 Santa Cruz 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:

  • President
  • Statewide Offices
  • Legislatures
  • Judges
  • Propositions and More!

Scroll down for our recommendations.

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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.

Click here for new policy for write-in candidates.

2020 Presidential Election Recommendations

(View official election schedule here)


  • Joe Biden(D) 
  • Donald Trump (R)  [Endorsed]

Superior Court Judges

Office 1

  • Annrae Angel
  • Nancy de la Pena
  • Jack Gordon

U.S. Representative

District 14

  • Jackie Speier (D) (Incumbent)
  • Ran Petel (R)
  • Eric Taylor (I)

20th District

  • Jimmy Panetta (D) (Incumbent)
  • Adam Bolanos Scow (D)
  • Jeff Gorman (R) 

State Senate

17th District  

  • Vicki Nohrden (R)
  • John Laird (D)

State Assembly