These are my recommendations on the candidates that I believe fellow Democrats (and non Democrats for non-partisan offices) should vote for in the June 2012 elections. I’m providing brief explanations of my rationale here, but please click on each candidate’s name for my complete analysis of their merits.
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Alameda County Democratic Central Committee – 18TH AD
Vote for no more than 10 of the 11 candidates below. * denotes most progressive candidates. + party chair, must be re-elected for the party to work smoothly.
*Pamela A. Drake
Corina N. Lopez
US Senator: David Alex Levitt
Dianne Feinstein has a terrible record protecting human rights and civil liberties. Levitt, a computer scientist and former member of the MIT Media Lab, is intelligent, liberal and solidly anti-war.
US Representative: Barbara Lee
She’s the most progressive member of Congress, and the strongest voice for human rights and peace.
State Senator: Loni Hancock
A good progressive, plus she’s running unopposed.
Member of the State Assembly: Abel Guillen
Abel is the most progressive candidate running and he seems to be really committed to actual reforming this state, re-instituting the social contract and standing up against the 1%. He has concrete ideas that could really go a long way on fixing California, such as establishing a state bank, and he hasn’t fallen prey to the political system yet.
Judge: Tara M. Flanagan
She is smart and a good legal analyst.
School Board: Geraldine Sonobe
She has a lot of first hand experience in education plus she’s shown a commitment to take her position on the Board seriously.
Prop 28: YES
We need more stability in both houses of the Legislature. Plus, by allowing legislators to complete 12 years in one house, they will be relieved of some fundraising pressures and will make them less beholden to contributors and lobbyists.
Prop 29: NO
Prop 29 is a regressive use tax that will hit low income people the most – as they are more likely to smoke. Only a small percentage of the funds collected by this tax will go intro programs to help smokers stop.