In less than a month, Inglewood voters will once again go to the polls to decide the next mayor. Mayor James Butts is running against former Inglewood District 1 Councilman Mike Stevens, and Inglewood residents, entertainer Sandie Crisp and retired businessman Gil Mathieu. The mayor’s race is one of the most closely watched races in the city. But it is only a part of the election.
In this Midterm Election, voters will cast ballots for state officials as well as decide on important California initiatives. So, what else is on the ballot? Glad you asked. Here is what Inglewood voters will decide, in addition to the next mayor. Use it as a condensed guide to the upcoming election on Nov. 4. Do your research now to make informed decisions and save time.
Statewide, voters will decide whether to give 4 more years to incumbents, Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and Board of Equalization Member Jerome Horton. All incumbents are Democrats, looking to defeat their Republican opponents, Neel Kashkan, Ron Nehring, Ronald Gold, Ted Gaines, Marshall Tuck, and G. Rick Marshall, respectively.
Term limits have forced 3 Democratic incumbents out of office. Secretary of State Debra Bowen will vacate her seat to either Democrat Alex Padilla or Republican Pete Peterson. Betty Yee and Ashley Swearengin will fight for the office of Controller now that John Chiang is termed out. Chiang is seeking his first term as Treasurer against Greg Conlon. Current Treasurer Bill Lockyer is not seeking office.
Autumn Burke hopes to defeat Republican challenger Ted Grose for the 62nd Assembly District, while U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters is running for re-election in the 43rd District against Republican, John Wood, Jr.
Jeffrey Prang will face-off with John Morris for the L.A. County Assessor’s seat, and Paul Tanaka is running against Jim McDonnell in the Los Angeles County Sheriff.’s race.
West Basin Municipal Water District Board Member Gloria Gray is seeking another term in Division 2. She is expecting a win over rivals Michael Amos, Darius Leevy and Analilia Joya.
Prop. 2: State Budget, Budget Stabilization Account, Legislative Constitutional Amendment. Requires half of state revenues to be transferred from the general fund to the budget stabilization account to repay state debts.
Prop. 45: Healthcare Insurance Rate Changes. Requires approval by the Insurance Commissioner before a health insurer can change its rates.
Prop. 46: Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Requires drug testing of doctors and review of statewide prescription database before prescribing controlled substances.
Prop. 47: Criminal Sentences, Misdemeanor Penalties. Requires misdemeanor sentences, instead of felonies, for certain types of drug and property offenses.
Prop. 48: Indian Gaming Compacts. Will approve or reject tribal gaming compacts between the state and North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe.