The legislation failed on the senate in a May 11 vote.
— Cameron Rebosio
Here's how to cast your primary election ballot
Under Santa Clara County's Voter's Choice Act, all registered voters will be sent mail-in ballots for the June 7 primary election, a process that started on Monday, May 9.
The ballot will come with a pre-paid envelope so the voter can send it back. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day.
Voters who prefer to return their ballots via official Registrar of Voters drop boxes will find them outside at the following locations: Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road; Rinconada Branch Library, 1213 Newell Road; Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave; Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road.
Ballots will be collected by Registrar staff three times a week until May 20 and daily thereafter through 8 p.m. on June 7.
Voters can fill out and cast their ballots in person at county voting centers, 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. Palo Alto will have a vote center at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road.
Gov. Gavin Newom and U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla seeking fresh terms this election. U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo and state Assembly member Marc Berman will also be seeking reelection in newly redrawn districts. Local voters will also help choose a state insurance commissioner and consider approving Measure A. County offices that are up for a vote include sheriff, district attorney and tax assessor.
— Palo Alto Weekly staff
Sheriff candidate Kevin Jensen gains most monetary contributions
Santa Clara County sheriff candidate Kevin Jensen has amassed more than $156,000 in contributions compared to amounts ranging from $41,000 to $66,000 for the other three closest contenders.
Along with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of monetary contributions, loans and non-monetary contributions, Jensen's campaign is bolstered by more than $68,600 in support from mailers and canvassing by the independent committee United Today for a Better Tomorrow Supporting Jensen for Sheriff, Rosen for District Attorney and Rossi for Supervisor 2022, sponsored by law enforcement and labor organizations, according to the organization's public filings.
United Today is sponsored by the County Employee Management Association, Deputy Sheriff Association of Santa Clara County Political Action Committee and the Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers Association. These three associations have contributed $180,000 to United Today to support Jensen, incumbent District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Claudia Rossi, a District 1 county Board of Supervisors candidate.
Jensen has broad support through monetary contributors and endorsements from law enforcement, including individuals, retired deputies, retired police chiefs in Atherton, Gilroy, Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto; the County Employee Management Association, Deputy Sheriffs Association of Santa Clara County PAC, the Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers Association, the Santa Clara County Firefighters Local 1165 PAC, Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner Daryl Savage and small businesses and realtors, according to his campaign contributions statement and website.
— Sue Dremann
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