Local Elections

Five local election races to watch

Several local issues will be decided by voters in the greater Sacramento region on Election Day.
Several local issues will be decided by voters in the greater Sacramento region on Election Day. KRT

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.

▪ Are Sacramento voters willing to pay to repave roads, upgrade transit?

▪ Opinion: Why Measure B is good for commuters

▪ Opinion: Why Measure B is a bad deal for Sacramento taxpayers

▪ Marcos Breton: The most important Sacramento issue on November's ballot is one you may have overlooked

▪ Editorial: Bite the bullet for Measure B sales tax

2. Elk Grove mayor

Plenty of challenges face the next mayor of Elk Grove, now home to 161,000 people.

▪ Elk Grove’s mayoral race is crowded with seven candidates

▪ Editorial: Ly, Suen and Craft sound choices for Elk Grove

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.

▪ Two Republicans campaign for open Sacramento County supervisor seat

▪ Editorial: Kozlowski would be a thoughtful addition to Board of Supervisors

4. El Dorado County supervisor

Tough campaigning characterizes the race for El Dorado County’s open supervisorial seat.

▪ El Dorado County supervisor's race focuses on future housing growth

▪ Editorial: Why El Dorado County’s next supervisor should be John Hidahl

5. Measure M - Placer County

Vexing traffic congestion could move even conservative Placer County to support a sales tax increase to fund improvements.

▪ Placer County conservatives at odds on transportation sales tax plan


▪ Interactive voter guide

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