There’s plenty of political heat at the national and state levels as the 2016 general election nears, but locally, the scene is a bit more sedate.
Regardless of the tenor of campaigning, issues important to different parts of the greater Sacramento region will be decided on Nov. 8. Here are five races and measures in voters’ hands:
1. Measure B - Sacramento County
The proposed half-cent tax surcharge is represented as a way to fund needed upgrades to Sacramento County roads, while increasing local control and financial responsibility.
2. Elk Grove mayor
Plenty of challenges face the next mayor of Elk Grove, now home to 161,000 people.
3. Sacramento County supervisor
Surviving a crowded primary field, two candidates remain to replace the longtime occupant of the Sacramento County seat up for grabs.
4. El Dorado County supervisor
Tough campaigning characterizes the race for El Dorado County’s open supervisorial seat.
5. Measure M - Placer County
Vexing traffic congestion could move even conservative Placer County to support a sales tax increase to fund improvements.