Press Democrat Editorial Board Recommendations
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Federal Offices
US President

Joe Biden (D)

US House
2nd District

Jared Huffman (D)

US House
5th District

Mike Thompson (D)

State Offices
California Legislature
State Senate
District 3

Bill Dodd (D)

State Assembly
District 2

Jim Wood (D)

State Assembly
District 4

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D)

State Assembly
District 10

Marc Levine (D)

County Elections
Santa Rosa
City Council
District 1

Jorge Inocencio

City Council
District 3

Jack Tibbetts

City Council
District 5

Chris Rogers

City Council
District 7

Natalie Rogers

School Board
District 1

Jenni Klose

Santa Rosa Junior College
Board of Trustees

Caroline BaƱuelos

Board of Trustees

Kerry Rego

City Council

Mike Healy

City Council

Gabe Kearney

City Council

Kathy Miller

School Board

Sheldon Gen

School Board

Ellen Webster

Rohnert Park
City Council
District 1

Walter "Willy" Linares

City Council
District 3

Gerard Giudice

City Council
District 4

Jake Mackenzie


Dominic Foppoli

City Council
Area 3

Debora Fudge

City Council

Ben Ford

Susan Harvey

Brittany Murphy

Laura Sparks


City Council

Michael Carnacchi

Evaristo "Evert" Fernandez

Vaughn R Higginbotham

Neysa Hinton

Diana Rich


City Council

David Hagele

City Council

Ariel Kelley

City Council

Skylaer Palacios

City Council

Melanie Bagby

Mary Ann Brigham

Jenny Candelaria-Orr

Nicole Garcia-Hinchliffe

Todd Lands


State Propositions
Proposition 14

$5.5 billion in bonds for stem cell research

Proposition 15

Requires commercial and industrial properties to be taxed based on market value, raises $7.5 billion to $12 billion annually for schools and local governments

Proposition 16

Repeals Proposition 209 (1996), which says the state cannot discriminate or grant preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, or contracting

Proposition 17

Restores the right to vote to people convicted of felonies who are on parole

Proposition 18

Allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the next general election to vote in primaries and special elections

Proposition 19

Changes tax assessment transfers and inheritance rules

Proposition 20

Restricts parole for non-violent offenders, increases some misdemeanors to felonies and requires offenders to submit DNA

Proposition 21

Expands local governments' power to use rent control

Proposition 22

Classifies rideshare and delivery drivers as independent contractors

Proposition 23

State regulation of kidney dialysis clinics

Proposition 24

Expands the California Consumer Privacy Act, creates the California Privacy Protection Agency to implement and enforce the CCPA

Proposition 25

Replaces cash bail with risk assessments for suspects awaiting trial

Local Measures
Measure O

Mental Health, Addiction and Homeless Services Measure Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance

Measure P

The Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO Ordinance

Measure Q

City of Santa Rosa, Sales Tax Extension

Measure R

City of Cloverdale, Utility Users Tax Extension

Measure S

City of Cotati, Transactions and Use Tax Extension

Measure T

City of Healdsburg, Transactions and Use Tax Extension

Measure U

City of Petaluma, Transactions and Use Tax

Measure V

City of Sonoma, Transactions and Use (Sales) Tax Extension and Appropriations Limit Increase

Measure W

City of Sonoma, Urban Growth Boundary Extension


Measure X

City of Sonoma, Cannabis Business Tax


Measure Y

City of Sonoma, Personal Cannabis Cultivation Initiative


Measure Z

Kenwood Fire Protection District, Appropriations Limit Extension


Measure AA

Timber Cove Fire Protection District, Parcel Tax


Measure BB

North Sonoma County Healthcare District, Sale Agreement

Measure CC

Petaluma Health Care District, Sale Agreement

Measure DD

Sonoma County Transportation Authority, Go Sonoma Act