A wealthy woman business owner will face down a career politician who’s done the job before when Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown headline the November ballot in their bid to take over the Governor’s office from Arnold Schwarzenegger.
And in a race that could take advantage of the “no incumbents” sentiment evident in some parts of the country, Hewlett Packard executive Carly Fiorina will take on Barbara Boxer in the hopes of representing California in the nation’s Capitol. Boxer has been one of California’s Senators since 1993, and served 10 years prior in the House of Representatives.
Tuesday’s California primary eliminated many of the hopefuls who ran good campaigns, but fell short in voter approval. Voter apathy also seemed rampant, with only 19 percent of eligible voters turning out in Los Angeles County.
Looking at the returns, many of the candidates did well close to home, but their popularity didn’t follow them to other parts of the state. In the race for Lt. Governor, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn did well, drawing 53 percent of the local vote, but only 34 percent of the statewide approval, losing to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Newsom will go up against Schwarzenegger appointee and incumbent Abel Maldonado, who garnered 43 percent approval for his nomination, besting Northern California State Senator Sam Aanestad.
State Senator Tony Strickland, who represents a portion of the Santa Clarita Valley in the 19th District, will challenge incumbent Controller John Chiang in November, who has held the office since 2006.
It will be a battle of North v. South when Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, who has served three terms as our local legal expert, will challenge San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris for the office of State Attorney General.
In the nonpartisan race to govern California’s schools, career school administrator Larry Aceves and Assemblyman Tom Torlakson will go head to head in a runoff for the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. State Senator Gloria Romero, who serves the East Los Angeles area, ran a close third, garnering 23 percent of the LA County vote, but only 17 percent of the statewide numbers.
State Senator George Runner, who is termed out, will face tax attorney Chris Parker in November for the 2nd District Seat on the Board of Equalization.
Only two of the five measures proposed on the ballot passed; Prop. 13, which would limit tax increases on properties that underwent seismic retrofitting and Prop. 14, which eliminates partisan primary elections, both succeeded, while Propositions 15 (the Fair Elections Act), 16 (Two-thirds majority required for public entities to provide power) and 17 (auto insurance, driver history) all failed.
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