The Modesto Bee editorial board has interviewed candidates, conducted candidate forums and deliberated the qualifications of many candidates for various offices. The following recommendations are those upon which board members could reach consensus. Not all recommendations were unanimous, but all reflect our effort to inform readers of the qualities, stances and positions most important to our readers and region.
The board is made up of The Bee’s general manager, Tim Ritchey; Opinions Page Editor Mike Dunbar; Bee archivist Maria Figueroa and visiting editors Alana Scott and Adrian Crane. Editor Brian Clark also attends editorial board meetings and contributes questions and insight.
The Bee does not endorse unopposed candidates such as Assessor Don Gaekle, Tax Collector Donna Riley, Clerk-Recorder Donna Linder Riley and Assemblyman Adam Gray. For many offices that are unlikely to be decided in the June 5 primary, we are making two recommendations. In those cases, we chose candidates who would provide either the clearest distinctions or offer voters contrasting points of view or priorities. In other races unlikely to be decided, we recommend only a single candidate.
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond
Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
San Joaquin County
To read the full endorsements, go to www.modbee.com/opinion/editorials