What’s on Tuesday’s Election Ballot

The primary election ballot includes local, state, and national candidates, as well as two statewide ballot and two local initiatives. See what candidates Arcadia residents are choosing between.

Los Angeles County voters will go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in local, state and national political races, as well as on two statewide ballot initiatives and several local initiatives.

Without a high-stakes presidential primary — Republican Mitt Romney has already earned the delegates he needs to claim the GOP nomination — voter turnout is expected to be low.

The county’s 4.5 million registered voters will have the chance to select a presidential candidate, a U.S. Senate candidate and whether to approve two state ballot measures — one to add a $1 tax on cigarettes to fund cancer research and another to reduce the amount of time politicians can serve in the
state Legislature from 14 years to 12 years.

Six candidates are vying to become Los Angeles County’s top prosecutor. Voters across the county will also weigh in on a total of 18 U.S. House, seven
state Senate, 24 state Assembly and three Los Angeles County supervisorial

The election will mark the first major test of the state’s “top two” primary system approved by California voters in 2010. Under the system, only the top two vote-getters, regardless of political party, will advance to a Nov. 6 runoff. The system does not apply to local, presidential or central committee races.

The system was intended to produce more moderate candidates, said Fernando Guerra, a Loyola Marymount politics professor and director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles.

The intention, however, is likely to be counteracted by low voter turnout.

“Voters that are motivated by ideology are still going to dominate this election,” Guerra said.

Guerra said the “top two” runoff system is also likely to devastate third parties.

“I predict there will not be a single third-party candidate on the (runoff) ballot in November for the first time in decades, in almost 50 years,” Guerra said.

In some cases that could leave as much as 10 percent of the electorate up for grabs during a runoff election.

Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, said it could force candidates to communicate more with voters.

“It’s not just a quantity of voter communication. It’s the nature of that communication as well,” Schnur said. “Candidates will find that they can no longer rely solely on the most ideologically intense members of their own party. They will be forced to reach out to a broader range of voters.”

The results of the every-10-year redistricting process also affected the makeup of candidates on Tuesday’s ballot. The 2010-11 redistricting, the practice of redrawing political district boundaries to reflect changing demographics, was conducted by a non-partisan citizens commission, rather than lawmakers. In some cases the process forced incumbents of the same party into the same district.

Arcadia residents will vote for new representatives for Congress and state Assembly. Arcadia is in the 27th Congressional district and 49th Assembly District.

While Arcadia falls in the newly-created state Senate District 22, that district won’t be included in this year’s election cycle; however, a committee will appoint a representative for the district. That representative will remain responsible for the district until the next election cycle in 2014.

The Arcadia representative races and the candidates include:

United States Representative – 27th District (Includes Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Glendora, Altadena, San Marino, and La Cañada Flintridge)

Judy Chu – Democratic
1531 Purdue Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025
(626) 320-4835


Bob Duran  – Republican
P O BOX 1067, Pasadena, CA 91102

Jack Orswell - Republican
316 W Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016
626-629-VOTE (8683)

State Assembly – 49th District (Includes Arcadia, San Marino, Temple City, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead and Monterey Park)

Edwin Chau - Democrat
1401 Mission St., Ste C1,  South Pasadena, Ca. 91030

Mitchell Ing - Democrat
1432 Arriba Drive,  Monterey Park, Ca. 91754

Matthew Lin - Republican

For more information on the candidates or the June 5 primary election visit the Los Angeles County Clerk website.

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