As we look ahead to November’s elections, Pacifica Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
President of the United States
President Barack Obama: The president’s national campaign just last month, invigorating the Peninsula city.
GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney: The former governor recently for a private fundraiser.
State Senate District 13
California Assemblymember Jerry Hill: This Assemblymember is looking to make a . He will face Sally Lieber for the District 13 seat.
Former Assemblymember Sally Lieber: Lieber finished second out of four in the May election, pitting her against Hill for the .
State Assembly District 22
South San Francisco City Councilmember Kevin Mullin: After receiving the most votes in the May election, the Councilmember continues his campaign for the .
Businessman Mark Gilham: This Republican Redwood City man will face Democrat Mullin in the race for the .
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, 4th District
Former Elections Chief Warren Slocum: is vying for the District 4 seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. He came out ahead in the primary with 39 percent of the vote.
Redwood City School Board Member Shelly Masur: Masur will face off with Slocum for a seat on the .
Pacifica School District Board of Trustees
The terms of trustees Cynthia Kaufman and Eileen Manning-Villar expire in December 2012. Nominations for candidates will open July 16 and close August 10.
Pacifica City Council
The terms of Mary Ann Nihart, Ginny Jaquith, and Pete DeJarnatt expire in November 2012. Two four-year terms and one two-year term will be up for election in November.
Select Statewide Initiatives
Death Penalty Repeal: Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. Requires persons found guilty of murder to work while in prison, with their wages to be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them. Creates $100 million fund to be distributed to law enforcement agencies to help solve more homicide and rape cases.
Three Strikes Law: Revise the law to impose life sentence only when the new felony conviction is "serious or violent." Maintain the life sentence penalty for felons with "non-serious, non-violent third strike if prior convictions were for rape, murder, or child molestation."
Prohibiting Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction: Restricts union political fundraising by prohibiting use of payroll-deducted funds for political purposes.
Prohibiting Auto Insurance Companies to Price Based on a Driver's Insurance History: Allows insurance companies to give proportional discounts to drivers with some prior insurance coverage.
Genetically Engineered Foods: Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits labeling or advertising such food as “natural.”
For a more complete list of statewide initiatives, go here.