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California Primary Election Under Two Months Away

Local concerns include State Senate and Assembly, AUSD tax measure

The Presidential Primary Election is less than two months away. The last day to register to vote for the March 5 election is February 20. Vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out by the Alameda county elections office by February 5. Ballot drop-off locations will open on February 6 and vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by March 12. The general election will be held on November 5, 2024.

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In the following races for office, if any of the candidates receive over 50% of the vote, they will be elected to the office and the race will not appear on November’s ballot. Otherwise the top two candidates will advance to the November election, along with other measures and races for local Alameda offices, including City Council and Board of Education.

The Alameda Post does not endorse candidates or measures. We are providing the information below to help Alameda voters to become better informed about the March 5 election. In addition, we strongly recommend visiting ACVote.org, SOS.CA.gov, and Vote411.org, carefully studying voter guides, and attending information sessions about candidates and measures before deciding. Editor’s note: Updated to remove VotersEdge.org, which has been discontinued, and to include Vote411.org.



Here’s what’s going to be on the Alameda ballot in addition to the Presidential Primaries.

United States Senator, Unfinished Short Term

This is a special vacancy election for the remainder of the current term for the office held by Dianne Feinstein before her death. Laphonza Butler was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to fill the seat until the November election. Its term of service will begin following the November 5 election and will end January 3, 2025.

Candidates:

United States Senator, Full Term

This position is for a regular six-year term, beginning January 3, 2025, and ending January 3, 2031.

Candidates:

Proposition 1, Statewide

Mental health care and addiction treatment reform & bonds to build places for treatment and housing.

Proposition 1 authorizes $6.38 billion in bonds to build mental health treatment facilities for those with mental health and substance use challenges; provides housing for the unhoused. A portion of the money will also be set aside for veterans.

United States Representative, District 12

This seat is currently held by Barbara Lee-D, who is running for the US Senate, but cannot run for both offices simultaneously.

Candidates:

State Senator, District 7

This seat is currently held by Nancy Skinner-D, who has served for two terms and cannot run again.

Candidates:

Member of the State Assembly, District 18

Candidates:

Alameda County Judge of the Superior Court, Office 12

Candidates (non-partisan):

Alameda County Judge of the Superior Court, Office 5

Candidate (non-partisan):

Alameda County Board of Education Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 2

Candidates (non-partisan):
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The ballot box at the Bay Farm Island Library/Park. Photo acgov.org.

Measure A – County of Alameda

Decrease notification period for civil service examinations.

CHARTER AMENDMENT – NOTIFICATION PERIOD OF CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATIONS. Shall Section 36(b) of the Charter of the County of Alameda be amended to change the notification period of each civil service examination from not less than 25 days to not less than 14 calendar days?

Measure B – County of Alameda

Amend County Charter to update recall language.

CHARTER AMENDMENT – ADOPTING STATE LAW RECALL PROCEDURES FOR USE IN ALAMEDA COUNTY. Shall Section 62 of the County of Alameda Charter governing the recall of elective and appointive County officers be amended by replacing the current language, in its entirety, with “California state law applicable to the recall of county officers shall govern the recall of County of Alameda elected officers”?

Measure E – Alameda Unified School District

Extend local school taxes at current rates.

TO SUPPORT ALL ALAMEDA STUDENTS AND MAINTAIN QUALITY SCHOOLS WITHOUT INCREASING TAX RATES BY ATTRACTING AND RETAINING EXCELLENT TEACHERS; SUSTAINING STRONG ACADEMIC PROGRAMS IN READING, WRITING, MATH, SCIENCE, AND ARTS; SUPPORTING STRUGGLING STUDENTS; AND PREPARING STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE/CAREERS. Shall an Alameda Unified School District measure levying $0.585/building area square foot capped at $15,998/parcel $598/unimproved parcel, be adopted, raising $24,000,000 annually for nine years with senior exemptions, audits, citizens’ oversight, and all funds staying local?

Kelsey Goeres is a contributing writer for the Alameda Post. Contact her via [email protected]. Her writing is collected at AlamedaPost.com/Kelsey-Goeres.

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