November 30, 2022

Who is running in the June 2022 national election in California?


Governor Gavin Newsom announces the next phase of California’s COVID-19 response called “SMARTER,” during a press conference at the UPS Healthcare warehouse in Fontana on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. He is eligible for re-election this year.

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The June primary election is almost here. The County Elections Office will begin mailing out ballots on Monday.

Want to know who all these people and positions are on the state ballot? Here are all the races, along with the top contenders, for state office.

The election will take place on June 7.


Incumbent Gavin Newsom is running for his second and final term as governor of California. The Democrat easily won the job in November 2018, and defeated a recall effort last year led by conservatives infuriated by its COVID-19 policies.

Newsom crushed the recall by the same margin he won the election four years ago, with nearly 62% of voters choosing to keep him in office. He beat some high profile challengers, such as the conservative radio host Larry Elder and former mayor of San Diego Kevin Fauconer.

None of the leading candidates who challenged Newsom in the recall are not running this year.

This year, Dahl Brainthe Republican state senator who represents the northeast corner of California’s District 1, is Newsom’s most prominent challenger. Backed by the state’s Republican Party, it has raised more than $1.1 million so far this year.

Although the odds of Newsom losing this year are slim, he still faces a host of pressing issues: skyrocketing housing and rent prices, inflation, rising gasoline prices, rising certain crimes and the worsening of the humanitarian crisis of homelessness. A poll published in February found its approval rating was almost split – 48% of voters approve of his record, while 47% disapprove.

Lieutenant Governor

Incumbent Eleni Kounalakis, a Democrat, is seeking reelection for the second-highest executive position in the state. She won the job in 2018 after a tight intra-party race after her father, Sacramento real estate developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, poured millions into his campaign.

Last month she became the first woman to serve as head of state government since 1976, and California’s first woman sign a bill, while Newsom was gone on spring break with his family. Kounalakis has raised over $778,000 so far this year.

Seven candidates are challenging Kounalakis, including two Democrats and three Republicans, none of whom have raised more than $25,000 for their respective campaigns. Angela Underwood JacobsDeputy Mayor of Lancaster, was supported by the California Republican Party.

Attorney General

Incumbent Rob Bontaa Democrat from Alameda, was named the state’s top lawyer in March 2021, replacing Xavier Becerra who was named health and human services secretary during President Joe Biden’s administration.

Now Bonta is running to keep his job as head of the state Department of Justice, ensuring laws are properly and consistently enforced and overseeing law enforcement agencies such as the offices of the county prosecutors and sheriff’s departments.

The race promises to be one of the most competitive this month of June. Bonta, a former Assemblyman representing Oakland and an advocate for criminal justice reform, is on the ballot public concern about crime is increasing,

Four candidates are challenging Bonta on the ballot, including two Republicans, one independent and one Green Party candidate.

Among the top contenders is Nathan Hochmann, a Los Angeles-based attorney who served as assistant U.S. attorney general in the tax division of the Justice Department under President George W. Bush, has been endorsed by the state’s Republican party. It has raised over $435,000 so far this year.

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert also running, a longtime Republican who formally changed his political affiliation to no party preference in 2018. Schubert, who achieved national notoriety after the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, also known as the Golden State Killer, has been endorsed by dozens of law enforcement organizations and district attorneys, and has raised over $545,000 this year until now.

Moreover, Republican Eric Early, a Los Angeles-based attorney who served as lead counsel for the RecallGavin2020 campaign, is vying for the job and has raised more than $145,000 so far this year. Green Party candidate Dan Kapelovitza Los Angeles-based criminal defense and animal rights attorney, is also a candidate for attorney general.

Secretary of State

Appointed by Newsom in January 2021, incumbent Shirley Webera Democrat, is running to retain the position. She replaced Alex Padilla, whom Newsom selected to replace Vice President Kamala Harris as U.S. Senator after the 2020 presidential election.

The Secretary of State administers all federal and state elections and oversees the disclosure of campaign and lobbyist fundraising records. The position also oversees state archives and the registration of corporations and businesses in the state.

Weber, previously a member of the Assembly representing San Diego, is the state’s first black female election administrator.

Six candidates challenge Weber on the ballot, none of them Democrats. Rachel Hamma Republican author with a YouTube channel that falsely challenges the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, has raised over $139,000. Robert Bernoskya California Republican Party leader from San Benito, is also a candidate for the seat.

State Controller

Incumbent Betty Ye named. That leaves the state’s top financial official up for grabs for the first time in eight years.

The position oversees the accounting and distribution of state and local finances, and audits public spending, among other responsibilities.

Six candidates are vying for the post of state comptroller, including four Democrats, a Republican and a member of the Green Party, some of whom will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for their campaign.

Ron Galperinthe Los Angeles City Comptroller and a Democrat, is a leading contender, having raised more than $916,000 this year so far and earning Yee’s endorsement.

Meanwhile, Malia Cohen, a member of the California State Board of Equalization, was endorsed by the California Democratic Party and is another top contender. Cohen, who has raised more than $269,000 so far this year, would be the state’s first black female comptroller.

Lanhee Chena Republican and financial adviser who served as policy director during Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, has raised more than $687,000 to date.

State Senator Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, Mayor of Monterey Park and finance professional Yvonne Yuand political activist and financial analyst Laura Wells are also running for work.

State Treasurer

Incumbent Fiona Maa Democrat, is running again for the position of chief state banker, investor, and financier.

Responsible for managing the state’s financial portfolio, the state treasurer safeguards public funds held in the state treasury, issues bonds, coordinates banking services, administers state-facilitated tax benefit programs, among other responsibilities.

Ma has faced some recent controversies, including a lawsuit from a former employee who alleges Ma harassed her in an attempt to cover up “illegal conduct” and “inappropriate gifts” from local businessmen. Ma denied the allegations.

Three challengers are vying for the job, including two Republicans – Andrew Doan Orange County supervisor, and Jack Guerrero, mayor of Cudahy. They have raised around $152,000 and $320, respectively, so far this year.

Insurance Commissioner

Incumbent Ricardo Lara, a Democrat, is running again to lead the California Department of Insurance. He made history in 2018 as the first openly LGBTQ statewide elected official.

The State Insurance Commissioner regulates state insurance companies and agents, enforces California consumer protection laws, and works to maintain fair pricing of insurance plans and rates.

Lara faced a number of controversies during her first year in office. Despite an election promise to reject money from the insurance industry, he took $54,000 in April 2019 a group of industry executives and their wives, and attended a party with an insurance industry lobbyist.

He also used taxpayers’ money paying rent for a second apartment in Sacramento while maintaining a primary residence in Los Angeles.

It could create an opening for the other eight candidates running against Lara, who has raised more than $128,000 so far this year for her re-election campaign.

Deputy Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) is the biggest challenger, having raised over $43,000 so far. dr. Vinson Eugene Allena Democrat and LA-based physician, has raised more than $301,000 so far.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Incumbent Tony Thurmond is running again for the position of state superintendent, a nonpartisan position responsible for overseeing and coordinating the state’s public elementary and secondary schools.

Elected in November 2018, he spent most of his term helping provide relief to school districts struggling with remote learning and a troubled return to the classroom at the request of Newsom and the state health department. ‘State.

Thurmond, a former Democratic assemblyman, is poised to win a majority of votes in the June primary, having raised more than $115,000 so far for his re-election campaign this year. Both the California Democratic Party and the California Teachers Association have endorsed Thurmond.

If he does, he will be declared the winner and there will be no general election for the position. If no one gets more than 50% of the vote, the first two votes will clash in the November elections.

Six other candidates will appear on the ballot for the position. George Yanga Republican and software architect, raised about $31,500; Lance Ray Christensenan education policy official and former chief of staff to a Republican state senator, raised about $21,500; Marco Amaralteacher and school counsellor, raised approximately $12,000.

Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks covers equity issues in the Sacramento area. She previously worked at The New York Times and NPR, and is a former Bee intern. She graduated from UC Berkeley, where she was editor of the Daily Californian.
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