Well, it is election day here in California, and I suppose I should tell you how I’m voting, because that’s what I do. None of this should be shocking. And it is kind of a boring election. Partly, this is true simply because I think that things are going reasonably well in the state. But going through everything has really made me realize that I need to pay more attention to what’s going on in education in this state. There is so much money to be made off educating California’s children, I have real questions about a lot of the people who are swarming around trying to “help” failing schools. Of course, I think the whole school reform movement is a joke anyway and I have radical ideas about education—namely that it shouldn’t be about providing the best labor force for the economy. We are educating citizens, not factory workers, or even worse, grill managers.
Anyway, away we go…
- Jerry Brown—not because I agree with him, but because he’s been a very good manager and he has shown that we need a governor who knows what he’s doing. Politics isn’t a job for amateurs—at least not at this level.
- Lieutenant Governor
- Eric Korevaar—because he’s a Democrat and he’s not Gavin Newsom. I don’t know, but when I look at Newsom, I see Mitt Romney.
- Secretary of State
- Derek Cressman—but I can’t remember why. I think I just liked his statement.
- Betty Yee—because she seems to be the only serious Democrat.
- John Chiang—he seems to be doing a good job and I’m a Democrat
- Attorney General
- Kamala Harris—Why break up a good team?
- Insurance Commissioner
- Dave Jones—I’ve given up on third parties, even though I do have a fondness for those kooks in the Peace and Freedom Party.
- US Representative: 5th District
- Mike Thompson—because he’s the only Democrat. I don’t have a problem with Thompson, but I do think he is too conservative for the district.
- State Senate: 2nd District
- Mike McGuire—Because I met him a long time ago and he seemed all right.
- State Assembly: 2nd District
- Jim Wood—because I have a bad feeling about John Lowry, who may be a perfectly good guy.
- State Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Tom Torlakson—because I don’t think Lydia Gutierrez is yet up for the job, and Marshall Tuck worries me.
- County Supervisor: 4th District
- Deb Fudge—because she’s the establishment Democrat, even though it is a non-partisan office.
- County Controller
- David Sundstrom—because I don’t like Gary Wysocky, who again, may be a perfectly great guy.
- District Attorney
- Jill Ravitch—because Victoria Shanahan is literally in bed with the Sheriff’s Department (she’s married to a deputy sheriff).
- Proposition 41
- Yes—I’m always for building homes for the poor.
- Proposition 42
- Yes—local governments are screwing with citizen rights.
There you go. Not too exciting and some of my reasons are petty. That’s democracy, folks!
If you live in California, you need to vote today. As far as I’m concerned, you owe it to me, just like I owed it to you and every other Californian. Citizenship is a responsibility. Find the time. Vote. However you vote, we as a country and a state are better for it.
For the record, I have not yet voted as I write this. It is not even 3 June 2014 yet. But this is how I will vote, and by the time you read it, it will almost certainly be how I did vote.
Update (3 June 2014 8:21 am)
Well, I’ve voted. This was a weird election for me because for some reason, I got a mail-in ballot. I didn’t ask for one and I don’t like them. I like going to the polls—it’s fun. But I found out that you can get a mail-in ballot and still go to the polls. It’s actually a lot easier because there is no transcribing of my choices from the sample ballot. But since I’ve never done it before, it stressed me out. I had dreams about poll workers treating me hostilely. In one of them, she insisted upon weighing me and measuring my height to make sure I was the right person.