We are in the middle of the National Basketball Association Championship Basketball tournament and on television at each game they have the halftime report where commentators sit and evaluate the first half while forecasting the second half. This past Tuesday, we held the primaries of our 2012 presidential and state elections. I will give you a half time report of races we were interested in and proposition 29, which did not pass.
In November, we will see President Barack Obama facing Mitt Romney for president. In San Bernardino County Josie Gonzales won her seat for the 5th District outright while James Ramos and Neil Derry will face each other for the 3rd supervisorial seat on the board.
In the 31st Congressional District Gary Miller will face Bob Dutton and both are Republicans.
In the 35th Congressional District Gloria Negrete McLeod will face Joe Baca and both are Democrats.
In the 47th Assembly District Cheryl Brown will face Joe Baca Jr. and both are Democrats.
In Riverside County Judge Craig Riemer retained his seat on the Superior Court.
For Mayor of Riverside Rusty Bailey will face off with Ed Adkison.
In the 41st Congressional District Republican John Tavaglione will face Mark Takano a Democrat.
For the 31st Senate District Republican Jeff Miller will face Richard Roth a Democrat.
In the 61st Assembly District Republican Bill Batey will face Democrat Jose Medina.
The new open primary brought about some unexpected winners with people of the same party having to compete against one another for other political party supporters. This will and should produce a different kind of campaigning in the second half of play. In San Bernardino County, the voters selected people of the same party to go against each other while in Riverside they selected people of a different party to face each other.
It will be interesting to see what the second half will produce for us the voters. It is clear to me that voters are tired of those individuals who are only interested in themselves or party issues while the taxpayers suffer from these gridlocks. Congress and Sacramento must listen to the people and recognize to quote Rodney King, “can’t we all just get along”.
There will be a lot of money given to various candidates from outside of any given district, while most local citizens will have to volunteer to make up the difference. I will urge the voters to look closely at what candidates are reaching out to all citizens in their community before they vote in November.
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