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Patch's Guide to the June 5 Election

A look at candidates, measures and propositions included in the June 5, 2012 Primary Presidential Election.

The June 5 Primary Presidential Election is Tuesday, June 5 and to save you some time researching the candidates and the measures you'll be deciding on, Los Gatos Patch has put together this guide for you.

The following contests are on the ballot:

  • US President
  • US Senate, Diane Feinstein is the incumbent
  • US Representative: Districts 17, 18, 19 and 20
  • State Senate: District 13, 15, 17
  • State Assembly: Districts 24, 25, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Assemblyman Paul Fong, 59, D-Mountain View, is running for re-election in the 28th Assembly District, but he's being challenged by The district includes Los Gatos, Campbell, Cupertino and Saratoga.
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor: Districts 2, 3 and 5 with incumbents being George Shirakawa and Dave Cortese. Supervisor Liz Kniss, in the fifth supervisorial district is termed out, and running for this seat is Democratic state Sen. Joe Simitian, who's being termed out of the state senate himself.
  • Superior Court Judge, Office No. 5, No. 7. The candidates for Office 5 are Alexis Cerul, Paul Colin and Chris Cobey, with the latter being poised to win due to some important endorsements. The candidates for Office 7 are attorneys Cynthia A. Sevely and Steven R. Pogue, who's a Los Gatos Patch blogger.
  • Measure A: To provide the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors with flexibility in operating the County jails to ensure continued cost-savings and improvement of efficiencies, shall the Board of Supervisors have the discretion to determine whether the Sheriff, Department of Correction, or any other department or agency, or any combination of them jointly operate the jails? (Majority vote to pass)
  • : To provide affordable education at West Valley and Mission Colleges by updating academic facilities and technology to prepare students for 21st century jobs/transfer to universities, upgrading healthcare, public safety and job-training facilities, and aging buildings for earthquake safety, and acquiring, constructing, repairing and equipping sites, buildings, classrooms and facilities, shall West Valley-Mission Community College District issue $350,000,000 of bonds, at legal rates with citizens’ oversight, no money for Sacramento, administrators’ salaries or employee pensions?  (55% vote required to pass)
  • State Proposition 28: Reduces the total amount of time a person may serve in the state legislature from 14 years to 12 years. Allows a person to serve a total of 12 years either in the Assembly, the Senate, or a combination of both. Applies only to legislators first elected after the measure is passed. Provides that legislators elected before the measure is passed continue to be subject to existing term limits.(Majority vote to pass)
  • State Proposition 29: Imposes additional five cent tax on each cigarette distributed ($1 per pack), and an equivalent tax increase on other tobacco products, to fund cancer research and other specified purposes. Requires tax revenues be deposited into a special fund to finance research and research facilities focused on detecting, preventing, treating, and curing cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and other tobacco-related diseases, and to finance prevention programs. Creates nine-member committee charged with administering the fund. (Majority vote to pass)

There are three ways to vote, by mail, early or at the polls, which are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Mail-in ballots needed to be turned in by May 30 to ensure the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters' Office received them by Election Day.

If you have not mailed in your ballot yet, you can drop it off at the Registrar's Office, 1555 Berger Drive, Building 2, in San Jose. There is a white, 24-hour drop box in the parking lot.

You can also drop off your ballot at any county polling place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day and any Santa Clara County City Hall or Los Gatos Town Hall between regular business hours.

To learn more about tomorrow's election, please click here.

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