My Preliminary Slate
It's a bit early but, since Greg and Carol posted their preferences for the November election, I'll take a shot at how I'm looking at it:
Governor of California- Luckily, since Gavin Newsom left the race, we don't have any real flakes from the two major parties running. This is one of those rare moments I'm actually leaning toward Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown, the Democrat.
The problem is, having a governor and legislature dominated by one party historically sees government power and spending grow more than when the executive and legislative branch are split. I don't know that it would be wise voting for Brown for that reason alone. I'll likely just waste my vote on whoever the Libertarian Party candidate is.
Regardless of who ends up winning, it will be a nearly impossible task to put this state back together.
4th District Supervisor- I'm with the Anyone But Bonnie camp, if only because I'm sick of the way she's been pandering to the fringe Left. I've told both Virginia Bass and Jeff Leonard they can place their signs in my yard. Not sure just how I'll vote in that one or whether I'll vote at all in that race.
5th District Supervisor- Not leaning either way in that race, yet, mostly because I haven't been following it much.
District Attorney- I'm also in the Anybody But Gallegos camp in this race, although I think Gallegos' heart might be in the right place much of the time, I don't think he's really all that capable for that job. I'm leaning toward Allison Jackson but have some issues with her. She is clearly the most experienced and qualified candidate of those running.
County Sheriff- Mike Downey is clearly the most qualified from experience alone. I also think his laid back personality fits in better with both the Sheriff's Office and the county- at- large than Hislop would. He gets my vote.
U.S. Congress- Quite frankly didn't even think about this race until I saw it mentioned on Greg and Carol's blog. I'll once again likely vote for whoever the Libertarian Party candidate is, assuming someone ends up running.
If the Republicans can come up with some Ron Paul type candidate, which is highly unlikely, I might consider voting for him or her. If it's just another race between two statist candidates, I'll do as I often do and stand aside in that race.
U.S. Senate- I'm backing Tom Campbell for the Republican nomination and, if he wins, I'll probably vote for him. If he loses, I may or may not vote for whoever the winner is. Then there's always the Libertarian Party candidate. I'll determine that later. Boxer won't get my vote and never has.