Decoding the Ballot
The Republicans have several attractive candidates
in the June 3 primary. BY JIM WOOD
Measure B will allow
innovator Marshall Tuck. Parents of school-
construction of a permanent
home for the farmers’ market at
the Marin County Civic Center.
children should investigate this race; it will
impact their offspring.
Marin’s Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael),
as he should, will win a second term as
U. S. Congressman from District 2, which
includes Marin, western Sonoma and up the
coast to Oregon. As for state senator, a new
(for Marin) name is the strong candidate;
he’s Mike McGuire, a popular Democratic
Sonoma County supervisor. Meanwhile,
assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San
Rafael) did solid work in his first term in
Sacramento and will probably be returned
to office. His November opponent looks to
be Diana Conti, a College of Marin trustee.
As for Marin County’s other elected offi-
cials, Mary Jane Burke (superintendent of
schools), Richard Benson (assessor/recorder/
county clerk), Ed Berberian (district attorney)
and Robert Doyle (sheriff/coroner) have all
done good work and all are running unopposed.
A critical county race involves county
supervisorial District 1 (San Rafael, Santa
Venetia, Lucas Valley), where San Rafael city
councilperson Damon Connolly is challenging incumbent Susan Adams. Connolly has
chaired the successful Marin Clean Energy,
but has changed course dramatically on vital
housing issues. At the same time, Adams did
tireless work building consensus regarding
housing in Marinwood; she does her homework. This one is close.
An easier call is Marin’s District 5
(Novato, Bel Marin Keys, Black Point), where
incumbent Judy Arnold, who has accom-
plished much in her eight years as supervisor,
is expected to turn back a challenge from
Toni Shroyer, a real estate agent with limited
Finally, t wo Marin measures deserve yes
votes. Measure A, a library parcel tax, involving
only Corte Madera, Ross, Fairfax, Novato and
county unincorporated areas, would extend a
$49 parcel tax for another nine years. Measure
B will allow construction of a permanent home
for the farmers’ market at the Marin County
Civic Center, the cost of which ($20 million)
will be raised through a capital campaign.
Don’t forget to vote on or before June 3.
That’s my point of view. What’s yours?
THERE ARE SEVERAL intriguing races on the June 3 primary ballot. The following is my take on key issues and candidates. Democratic Governor Jerry
Brown will get the most votes, but Republican
newcomer Neel Kashkari will come in second, which, under California’s open primary
system, means the two will go at it again in
November. Check out Kashkari — he’s a 40-year-
old Southern Californian with two MBAs
who worked at Goldman Sachs and then the
Treasury Department, where he administered
TARP, 2008’s Troubled Asset Relief Program —
so he has business and government experience.
Meanwhile, Marin’s Gavin Newsom will win
handily in the contest for lieutenant governor.
The battle to be California’s Secretary of
State (overseeing state elections) isn’t its usual
snoozer — and again, the Republicans have
an attractive candidate. This time it’s Pete
Peterson, who runs a think tank on civic leadership and, early on, won the endorsement of the
Los Angeles Times. His closest rival is state Sen.
Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) who is young, deter-
mined and talented. Peterson and Padilla will
probably oppose each other again in November.
A similar situation exists in the campaign
for state controller (state’s chief financial
officer). Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin is
another Republican candidate worth considering. One of two Democrats, assembly
speaker John Pérez or board of equalization
member Betty Yee, will probably face off
against Swearengin in November. As for state
treasurer (responsible for bonds and investments), former controller John Chiang is a
sure winner; same for Kamala Harris for state
attorney general (chief legal officer), Dave
Jones for insurance commissioner and Fiona
Ma for a seat on the state board of equalization. All are Democrats.
In the race for California superinten-
dent of schools, a close contest is under
way bet ween incumbent Tom Torlakson and