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Election Guide for Larkspur, Corte Madera

From now until the Nov. 6 election, we'll be updating this guide frequently on the competitive local races and even a few local looks at the presidential race. Use it to follow the key races, candidates, incumbents and issues in the Twin Cities are

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Larkspur-Corte Madera Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.

U.S. Congress, 2nd District

Jared Huffman: The San Rafael Democrat is running against Dan Roberts for Lynn Woolsey's seat in the 2nd District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Huffman came in first place in the June 5 primary and his top issues he'd like to pursue if elected are job creation and economic growth, healthcare reform and education.

Previous coverage:

Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, Candidate For U.S. House of Representatives, California District 2

Huffman Faces Roberts In Congressional Debate

Jared Huffman: Make a Difference, Not Noise

Huffman Top Vote-Getter for Woolsey's Seat

Dan Roberts: A Republican investment executive from Tiburon, Roberts won second place in the primary and will be going up against Huffman for Woolsey's seat. Roberts' key issues are cutting federal spending to balance the budget and less federal government involvement.

Previous coverage:

Huffman Faces Roberts In Congressional Debate

Congressional Campaign Heats Up in Final Weeks

California State Assembly, 10th District

Michael Allen: This Democrat won the top spot for a seat in the 10th District in the California State Assembly. Allen moved to San Rafael when his district, which included Napa County as well as parts of Sonoma and Solano counties, was split by a state commission. The top issues he plans to pursue if he is elected are solving California's budget deficit, creating great public schools, supporting higher education and protecting the environment.

Previous coverage:

Lt Governor Gavin Newsom Endorses Michael Allen for Assembly

California’s Top Education Official Endorses Michael Allen for Assembly

Making College Affordable for Middle Class Families: Effort to Continue in 2013

California’s Attorney General Endorses Michael Allen for Assembly

Marc Levine: The San Rafael City Council member and Democrat won the second spot in the June 5 election for the Assembly. Levine joined the San Rafael City Council in 2009 and has voted on several hot button issues including Target, the Pacifics minor league baseball team in Albert Park and sober living homes in San Rafael. The main issues he would like to focus on if elected are fixing the budget, creating job opportunities, the environment, education and reducing the influence of special interests in Sacramento.

Previous coverage:

Levine and Allen to Face Off in November Election

State Propositions

Proposition info courtesy League of Women Voters.

  • Proposition 30. Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding - Should the California Constitution be amended to (a) temporarily increase sales and personal income tax rates; (b) guarantee certain revenue transfers to local governments; and (c) eliminate state funding of certain mandates to local governments?

  • Proposition 31. State Budget. State and Local Government -- Should the state constitution and law be amended to require government performance reviews and two-year budget cycles, to prohibit the Legislature from creating certain expenditures unless offsetting revenues or spending cuts are identified, and to make changes in certain responsibilities of local governament, the Legislature and the Governor?

  • Proposition 32. Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Contributions to Candidates -- Should unions, corporations, government contractors and state and local government employers be prohibited from using payroll-deducted funds, or in some instances their own funds, for political expenditures?

  • Proposition 33. Auto Insurance Companies. Prices Based on Driver's History of Insurance Coverage -- Should automobile insurance companies be permitted to offer a discount to drivers who have continuously maintained their insurance coverage, even if they change their insurance company?

  • Proposition 34. Death Penalty -- Should the death penalty be repealed and replaced with life imprisonment without possibility of parole when someone is convicted of murder with specified special circumstances?

  • Proposition 35. Human Trafficking. Penalties -- Should the definition of human trafficking be expanded, penalties for traffickers be increased, convicted sexual traffickers be required to register as sex offenders, and additional training for law enforcement officers be required?

  • Proposition 36. Three Strikes Law. Repeat Felony Offenders. Penalties -- Should California law be amended to provide that a life sentence should not be imposed for a third felony conviction unless the third conviction is for a serious or violent felony?

  • Proposition 37. Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling - Should labeling be required on foods containing genetically modified ingredients when such foods (whether raw or processed, plant or animal) are offered for sale to consumers in California? Are You Concerned About GMOs?

  • Proposition 38. Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs -- Should California's personal income tax rates be increased during 2013-24 to provide funds for public schools, early childhood education programs, and state debt payments?

  • Proposition 39. Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding -- Should the California tax code be changed to require multistate firms to pay income taxes based on a percentage of their sales in California, with roughly half of the resulting tax increase to be used to fund clean/efficient energy projects for five years?

  • Proposition 40. Redistricting. State Senate Districts -- Should the current state Senate districts be retained?

Here are some additional local and county races on the Nov. 6 ballot:

Marin Healthcare District - The district's board has two seats open, and incumbents Hank Simmonds, a retired physician, and Ann Sparkman, who was appointed to the board in 2011 after the resignation of Sharon Jackson, are both seeking new terms. San Rafael attorney Joe Salama, who ran unsuccessfully for the district board in 2010, is running again. 

Marin Municipal Water District - The district board has two open seats this fall. Incumbents Larry Russell and Armando Quintero are running unchallenged for those seats. Russell, who lives in Tiburon, represents Division 5, which includes Larkspur Landing, San Quentin, Strawberry, Tiburon, Belvedere, Sausalito and parts of Corte Madera and Marin City. San Rafael resident Quintero, meanwhile, represents Division 2, which includes San Rafael, East San Rafael, Bret Harte, Sun Valley, Dominican Area, Bayside Acres, Country Club, Pt. San Pedro, Loch Lomond, Glenwood, Peacock Gap and China Camp. Quintero was appointed to the MMWD board in September 2009 after the death of board member Alex Forman.

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Rocky October 03, 2012 at 02:14 PM
The Election Guide is a very handy tool. Thank you for having it on the site.
Tracy October 08, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I encourage everyone to go out and VOTE. You can make a difference with your vote.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:12 AM
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