Newspapers have been endorsing candidates for office since their inception in colonial America when they were the only form of mass media. Times have changed, but newspapers continue to make endorsements in an effort to to help readers put candidate positions and ballot proposals into perspective – not to “tell” people how to vote.
Each of our recommendations is linked to an editorial. For those reading in print, we’ve provided the dates recommendations appeared. In some cases, The Bee is reiterating endorsements made prior to the June 5 primary. Races for which we have not decided whom to endorse do not appear. In the case of measures to move city or board elections to even-numbered years (Measure F for Modesto City Schools; Measure Z for Modesto City Council), state law now requires – as does simple logic, as we argued in 2015 – moving all elections to even-numbered years. Additional recommendations will be made prior to the election.
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House of Representatives:
District 10: Josh Harder (Sept. 30)
District 9: Jerry McNerney (Oct. 9)
District 20: Jim Costa
Governor: Gavin Newsom (May 18)
Lieutenant Governor: Eleni Kounalakis (May 18)
Attorney General: Xavier Becerra (Oct. 5)
Insurance Commissioner: Steve Poizner (Oct. 5)
Superintendent of Schools: Tony Thurmond (Oct. 5)
Secretary of State: Alex Padilla (Oct. 5)
State Treasurer: Fiona Ma (Oct. 5)
State Controller: Betty Yee (Oct. 5)
Board of Equalization: Tom Hallinan (May 22)
District 21: Adam Gray
District 8: Andreas Borgeas or Paulina Miranda
District 12: Anna Caballero (Oct. 17)
Statewide Ballot Measures
Proposition 3, Funding for water projects: Undecided
Proposition 4, Children’s hospital funding: Yes
Proposition 5, Alter some property tax valuations: No
Local Ballot Measures
The cities of Ceres (Measure W), Patterson (Measure Y), Oakdale (Measure C) and Riverbank (Measure B) have measures allowing cities to impose sales taxes and business fees on the growth and sale of recreational marijuana. Most put the sales tax at 15 percent; Riverbank has set it at 10 percent. The Bee supports all four measures.