With primary election day fast approaching on June 7, we've compiled a guide to help you cast your vote. Read on for articles that break down the regional races and measures impacting Palo Alto and the surrounding area, plus provide information on how city residents can vote by mail or in person. Come back to Palo Alto Online after vote centers close at 8 p.m. tonight for stories on the preliminary results.
Santa Clara County sheriff
As the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office remains embroiled in controversy, five candidates vying for Sheriff Laurie Smith's seat will be tasked with proving they can restore public confidence in the law enforcement agency.
When it comes to campaign war chests, Santa Clara County sheriff candidate Kevin Jensen is outrunning the pack fivefold, according to state campaign contribution filings.
Santa Clara County district attorney
The contentious race for the Santa Clara County district attorney's seat is pitting a trailblazing incumbent against a seasoned public defender and a former deputy district attorney who has sued the DA's office.
Ravenswood's Measure I
Measure I would help the Ravenswood district modernize crumbling facilities. Voters will consider the $110 million bond on the June 7 ballot to bring classrooms into the 21st century.
The campaign in support of the Ravenswood City School District's June Measure I $110 million bond measure has raised a total of $7,252 in donations in the lead-up to the June 7 primary election, according to campaign disclosure statements filed on May 24.
Congressional District 15
The race to fill the Congressional District 15 seat will be the Peninsula's most competitive in a generation, thanks to Rep. Jackie Speier's retirement. Meet the four candidates in the June 7 primary.
Congressional District 16
Seven candidates vying to replace Rep. Anna Eshoo in a newly redrawn Silicon Valley congressional district know they face an uphill climb against the political veteran.
Palo Alto City Council member Greg Tanaka, an advocate for digital currency, has received a $265,000 boost from a political action committee devoted to cryptocurrency in his bid to unseat Rep. Anna Eshoo.
Races for state office
CalMatters, a nonprofit media organization that covers California politics, offers voters information on candidates running for statewide leadership positions, including governor, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction.
Sally Lieber, a Mountain View City Council member and former state Assembly member, is throwing her hat in the ring to join the California Board of Equalization. She is one of three candidates vying for the District 2 seat in the June 7 primary.
Editorials and opinions
The Palo Alto Weekly editorial board offers its recommendations in the races for Congressional District 16 and Santa Clara County sheriff, district attorney and assessor, plus Measure A, which would change term limits on the Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors.
On June 7, voters in the Ravenswood City School District will be asked to tax themselves and entrust the district with $110 million to pay for school upgrades.
East Palo Alto City Council member Antonio Lopez makes a pitch for supporting Measure I, which appears on the June 7 primary ballot.
Voting information and past forums
Mail-in ballots for the June 7 primary election can be sent through a pre-paid envelope that came with their ballot (they must be postmarked by Election Day) or turned in at Registrar of Voters drop boxes from now through 8 p.m. on June 7. Voters looking to fill out and cast their ballots in person can do so at Santa Clara County voting centers, including one at the Palo Alto Art Center, which will be open between May 28 and June 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on June 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.