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Candidates finalized after filing deadline passes


 

 

The final slate of candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot is set after last week’s filing deadline. Following is a roundup of candidates vying for seats on local councils, school boards, healthcare and water districts, as well as candidates and measures at the state and regional levels.


Election Roundup: Incumbents, challengers declare their intent


It’s still early, but challengers and incumbents are quietly positioning themselves for local races in the Nov. 8 general election.

Three of five seats are open on both the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councils. Four of seven seats are open on the Mountain View council.

Local choices reflect regional, national ones in primary election


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Precinct inspector Nadja Jackson hands voting materials to Los Altos voter David Sawatzke on Election Day June 7.

More than 51 percent of Santa Clara County’s 788,000 registered voters cast their ballots in the June 7 California Primary Election. As of the Town Crier’s press deadline, 94 percent of the county’s ballots had been counted, according to the Registrar of Voters.

Countywide, Hillary Clinton commanded 58.8 percent of the Democratic vote, followed by Bernie Sanders at 40.5 percent. The Los Altos area gave Clinton an even stronger lead, with some local precincts reporting up to 75 percent support for the presumptive Democratic Party nominee.

Deadlines and ballot choices due this week

The party preference you state in your voter registration determines which presidential candidates you’ll see on your ballot next month. California runs semi-closed presidential primaries, meaning that both voters registered as Democrats and those who state “No Party Preference” have an option to pick between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but only registered Republicans can vote their support for Donald Trump.

If a voter has registered as “No Party Preference,” he or she automatically receives a ballot with no presidential primary race unless he or she specifically requests to receive one for the Democratic, American Independent or Libertarian party races. Vote-by-mail residents with no party preference received a postcard in the mail offering a choice among ballots. If you lost the postcard or forget to mail it in, you can request a provisional ballot for a presidential primary at the county election office or polling places on Election Day June 7.

Candidates off to an early start in race for Mountain View City Council


The ongoing controversy over rising housing costs in Mountain View has spurred at least one resident to declare his intent to run for city council.

Lucas Ramirez, a native of Mountain View and chairman of the city’s Human Relations Commission, formally announced his candidacy March 29 for one of four open seats on the seven-seat council in the Nov. 8 General Election.


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