Our View: Recommendations for statewide offices in June primary election

Our View: Recommendations for statewide offices in June primary election

The sound of gunshots from a recent deadly downtown Sacramento shootout will echo through the June 7 primary election as Attorney General Rob Bonta wages a reelection bid challenged by four candidates — an independent, two Republicans and a member of the Green Party. The clash between law-and-order and progressive candidates, and gun control and Second Amendment advocates, will be among issues dominating the attorney general’s race and others. Last year’s overwhelming failure of the Republican-backed effort to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken the breath away from normally heavy-hitting Republican candidates for governor and other statewide offices. They are sitting out the 2022 election. Left to challenge Democratic incumbents and campaign for open seats are lesser-known candidates. But that does not mean statewide races will lack vigor, or that California Republicans have no chance of breaking their losing streak. The party hasn’t won a statewide office in 15 years, but that could change. In June, California’s top-two primary election will be held. That means no matter how lopsided the vote, the two candidates with the most votes in each race will face each other in the November general election. Your primary vote will determine who will be the competing general election candidates. This editorial briefly describes the statewide primary races, people certified by the California secretary of state as candidates, and runoff recommendations. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is seeking his second, four-year term. He is challenged by a long list of Democratic, Republican, Green Party and independent […]

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