Say what you will about the circuslike tenor of this election. After years of lackluster public participation, a Democratic horse race and a Republican reality show figure have done what a chorus of earnest good government entreaties failed to do.
California voters have registered this year in record numbers, swelling the state’s rolls by nearly 650,000 in the final month and a half of registration. Nearly 18 million Californians are now registered to vote, more than ever before for a primary election.
As a percentage of eligible voters, that’s still lower than 2012, but still a major improvement. We hope Californians are about to reverse years of disgracefully low turnout.
The ballots cast here shape the most influential state in the nation, and through it, help set the national and world agendas. Registration is half the battle. If you haven’t yet voted, or turned in your ballot, get busy. This campaign may feel like a caricature, at least in the race for the White House, but the stakes couldn’t be higher.
And don’t forget to come back in November when the ballot will be full of propositions and voters will get their say about our president and who represents us in the U.S. Senate, Congress, the state Legislature and in many local offices. Your voice is needed.
Here are The Sacramento Bee editorial board’s endorsements for the June 7 primary:
Democrat: Hillary Clinton
Republican: John Kasich
Assembly District 4: Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Dan Wolk
Assembly District 6: Bill Halldin, Kevin Kiley
State ballot measures
Proposition 50: Yes
City of Sacramento
Mayor: Darrell Steinberg
City Council District 2: Allen Warren
City Council District 4: Steve Hansen
City Council District 8: Larry Carr
Measure X: Yes
Measure Y: No
Measure Z: Yes
Supervisor District 4: Kerri Howell
Sacramento County Board of Education
Area 4: Michael Alcalay
Area 6: Stephanie Nguyen
Area 7: Roy Grimes
Twin Rivers school board
Area 3: Walter Kawamoto
Area 5: Basim Elkarra
Area 7: Daniel Savala
City of Davis
City Council: Will Arnold, Lucas Frerichs, Brett Lee
Measure A: Yes
Measure B: Yes
Measure C: Yes
El Dorado County
Supervisor District 1: Noelle Mattock
Supervisor District 2: Shiva Frentzen
Supervisor District 3: Brian K. Veerkamp
Superior Court Judge: Nelson Keith Brooks
Supervisor District 3: Jim Holmes
Supervisor District 4: Kirk Uhler
Supervisor District 5: Jennifer Montgomery
To read the full endorsements, go to sacbee.com/endorsements.