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With Election Day around the corner, The San Joaquin Valley Sun is proud to present The Sun Voter Guide. This is our breakdown of the most important races, from the top to the bottom of the ballot.

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Statewide Offices

STATE CONTROLLER

Could Lanhee Chen get the GOP into a statewide office in California?

California’s State Controller race is gearing up to be one of the most competitive in the state as Republican Lanhee Chen faces off against Democrat Malia Cohen. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

Will COVID-era policies shake-up battle for California’s top educator?

While the race for the California Superintendent of Public Instruction is officially nonpartisan, a Democrat and Republican are both vying …

Statewide Propositions

LEGALIZED SPORTS BETTING

What’s the difference between Prop. 26 and Prop. 27?

Two competing ballot initiatives could legalize sports betting in California. Their differences are key and they've stoked a half-billion-dollar fight. Learn more from The Sun Voter Guide.

Congress

13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Big spending, heavy fighting for Valley’s sole open Congressional seat

California's 13th Congressional District, the Central Valley’s lone open Congressional seat, is one of the battleground districts that is drawing national attention for the crucial role it could play in determining which party controls the House of Representatives next January. 

22ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Valadao, Salas go toe-to-toe with millions, House control on the line

The race to represent California's 22nd Congressional District might just be the most competitive, and expensive, in the nation. 

20TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

21ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

State Senate

16TH SENATE DISTRICT

South Valley becomes Senate battleground between Hurtado, Shepard

Despite the double digit Democratic lead in the area, the 16th Senate District race is not expected to be a cakewalk for first-term Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D–Sanger). 

14TH SENATE DISTRICT

Redistricting forces a Valley venture for Anna Caballero’s Senate future

The race for State Senate District 14 pits a longtime pillar of California's Democratic establishment Democrat against a newcomer whose calling to politics comes after serving as a Rabbi. 

4TH SENATE DISTRICT

It’s a GOP-heavy Senate district. Voters will choose a Democrat.

California's most surprising race for State Senate centers on a seat that was drawn for Republicans, but will certainly be won by a Democrat.

State Assembly

27TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

For Soria, Pazin, battle for Assembly seat focuses on public safety

The battle between Fresno City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria and former Merced Co. Sheriff Mark Pazin has become an arms race of cash and endorsements – particularly in public safety.

33RD ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

Mathis navigates difficult redistricting hand in Assembly re-elect

Despite a tough district, Asm. Devon Mathis (R–Porterville) dominated the June Primary.

35TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

Perez, Bains buckle down for pricey Dem-on-Dem battle to succeed Salas in Assembly

The race for the 35th Assembly District offers a look at a razor-thin and pricey intra-Democratic contest to replace outgoing Asm. Rudy Salas (D–Bakersfield). 

Judicial

5TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

Off the Bench: Valley voters can retain three local Appellate Justices

Justices Brad Hill, Bert Levy, and Jennifer Detjen manage thousands of cases from Stanislaus to Kern counties. Now, voters in the region have the chance to keep them on the bench.

Stanislaus County

STANISLAUS CO. SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

Breaking down Stanislaus Co.’s school board races

The Sun's look at the contenders vying for Stanislaus County school board seats.

STANISLAUS CO. MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Breaking down Stanislaus Co.’s city council races

A look at the City Council battles across Stanislaus County.

STANISLAUS CO. BALLOT MEASURES

Modesto voters weigh changes to government, public safety tax

Modesto voters have a pair of ballot measures to weigh this November.

Merced County

MERCED CO. SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

Breaking down Merced Co.’s school board races

The Sun's look at the contenders vying for Merced County school board seats.

MERCED CO. MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Breaking down Merced Co.’s city council races

A look at the City Council battles across Merced County.

MERCED CO. BALLOT MEASURES

Atwater voters left with tough choice: raise sales tax or watch public safety funding drop

A renewal of Atwater's 10-year public safety tax isn't as simple as extending the timeline. Voters have to choose between raising taxes beyond 2013 levels or losing key public safety funding.

Madera County

MADERA CO. SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

Breaking down Madera Co.’s school board races

The Sun's look at the contenders vying for Madera County school board seats.

MADERA CO. MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Breaking down Madera Co.’s city council races

A look at the City Council battles across Madera County.

MADERA CO. BALLOT MEASURES

Madera Co. considers early renewal of roads tax

Madera County voters will consider extending Measure T, which has generated more than $10 million annually for local transportation projects, and the county has utilized it to bring in over $226 million in state and federal matching funds. 

5TH SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT

Retirement forces November Supervisorial showdown in Madera Co. foothills

Retiring Madera County Supervisor Tom Wheeler would like to see his chief of staff, Bobby Macaulay, take his place. Businessman Mark Reed has other ideas.

1ST SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT

It’s Madera Co.’s boomtown. It’s also a battleground for Supervisor.

Police officer Jordan Wamhoff and Golden Valley Unified school board member Andy Wheeler square off to succeed Brett Frazier in southern Madera County.

Fresno County

FRESNO CO. SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

Breaking down Fresno Co.’s school board races

The Sun's look at the contenders vying for Fresno County school board seats.

FRESNO CO. MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Clovis’ historically large ballot dominates Fresno Co. municipal battles

Here's a look at the City Council races from a bloated Clovis ballot to Kingsburg, Coalinga to Parlier.

FRESNO CO. BALLOT MEASURES

Fresno Co.’s roads tax becomes a hotbed. Will voters keep Measure C rolling?

Fresno County’s long-standing transportation tax is on the November ballot for renewal a few years early. 

Tulare County

TULARE CO. SCHOOL BOARD RACES

Breaking down Tulare Co.’s school board races

The Sun's look at the contenders vying for Tulare County school board seats.

TULARE CO. MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Tulare Co. cities feature hotbed of council battles

Here's a look at the City Council races from DInuba to Tulare, Exeter to Visalia.

TULARE CO. BALLOT MEASURES

A four-year university in Tulare County? It’s on the ballot, sorta.

College of the Sequoias is seeking a bond measure that would improve Tulare County residents’ access to a four-year university. 

4TH SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT

Valero, Harness square off for northern Tulare Co. Supervisorial seat

Eddie Valero came up short of closing out the race in June. Tulare County Republicans are hoping Scott Harness can flip a key seat on the Board of Supervisors.

Kings County

KINGS CO. SCHOOL BOARD RACES

Breaking down King Co.’s school board races

The Sun's look at the contenders vying for Kings County school board seats.

KINGS CO. MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Tumult on Hanford City Council leads Kings Co. election battles

Here's a look at the City Council races from Hanford to Avenal, Corcoran to Lemoore.

1ST SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT

South Valley water wars spill over into Kings Co. Supervisorial battle

The battle for the Kings County District 1 supervisorial seat is the site of a proxy battle for water control in the area. 

Kern County

KERN CO. SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

Breaking down Kern Co.’s school board races

The Sun's look at the contenders vying for Kern County school board seats.

KERN CO. BALLOT MEASURES

Pair of Bakersfield City Council seats face stiff competition

With four of Bakersfield City Council seats up for election in November, only two are being contested.

KERN CO. BALLOT MEASURES

Kern Co. voters have big question: to limit Supervisors – or not?

Term limits could come to the Kern County Board of Supervisors if voters approve Measure J in November. 

3RD SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT

Flores, Smith prepare for showdown for Kern Co. Supervisorial seat

The race to succeed Mike Maggard became an arms race of endorsements by his chief of staff Jeff Flores and former CHP assistant chief Brian Smith.