“Plain English” Voter Guide for the 2022 General Election

“Plain English” Voter Guide for the 2022 General Election

Reform California Releases “Plain English” Voter Guide for the 2022 General Election

The 2022 California General Election will be held November 8, 2022 and this year’s primary ballot is REALLY long! With a bunch of confusing ballot measures and hundreds of candidates running for office, voters can feel overwhelmed and lost.

Fortunately, Carl DeMaio and the team at Reform California have thoroughly researched and vetted measures and candidates – and produced an easy-to-understand “Plain English” voter guide.

In vetting and endorsing candidates, Carl DeMaio and Reform California use the following criteria:

  • COST OF LIVING: Opposition to tax hikes;
  • CRIME: support for public safety and law enforcement;
  • SCHOOLS: commitment to improve schools, empower parents, and oppose toxic curriculum in the classroom;
  • JOB CREATION: support for small businesses and job creation against costly regulations and mandates, and
  • FREEDOM: respect for our Constitutional rights and personal freedoms.

Several candidates have appeared on the Carl DeMaio radio show on NewsRadio 600 KOGO and we have included their interview in the voter guide for you to listen to.

Because there are so many items on the ballot, the voter guide is separated into sections. Click on each section to see all the items on the ballot.

ACCESS YOUR LOCAL VOTER GUIDE

California State Voter Guide (view website)

For voters who live in all counties except Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties. Those counties have more detailed guides that can be accessed here:

Los Angeles County Voter Guide (view website)

Orange County Voter Guide (view website)

Riverside County Voter Guide (view website)

San Diego County Voter Guide (view website)

Reform California Releases “Top Target” Races for the November Election

Reform California Releases “Top Target” Races for the November Election

California Primary Election results reveal key races that reform-minded candidates can win in November if they work hard, says Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio.

Reform California today announced the “top target” seats it will focus on in the upcoming November 2022 elections. Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio says based on an undeniable national Red Wave building as well as promising signs from the June state primary, he’s feeling optimistic that big wins can happen even in California this election cycle.

“Voters are clearly fed up with the Democrat Super-Majority that has run this state into the ditch and the voters are saying they are looking to make big changes in 2022 — starting with some of these races we’ll be targeting,” said DeMaio.

DeMaio points to signs of what he calls a “Red Bump” in the June primary results. Analysis released by Reform California shows Democrat candidates significantly under-performed the 2020 Presidential partisan voting averages on voting in key races across California.

The results also show strong performances from candidates backed by Reform California. “Where we invested our resources in the June Primary we saw tremendous returns,” DeMaio noted.

In these “top target” races for the general election, reform-minded candidates successfully made it past the “top two” primary system. Under state law, the top two vote-getters in each race regardless of their political party advance to November runoffs versus the old system of advancing one candidate from each political party.

At the top of Reform’s target list are the following statewide races, where a Republican will advance past the “top two” primary in every race for the first time since the system became law:

STATEWIDE RACES

  • Governor: Brian Dahle
  • Lt. Governor: Angela Underwood Jacobs
  • Secretary of State: Rob Bernoski 
  • Treasurer: Jack Guererro
  • Controller: Lanhee Chen *PRIORITY RACE*
  • Attorney General: Nathan Hochman *PRIORITY RACE*
  • Insurance Commissioner: Robert Howell
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Lance Christensen *PRIORITY RACE*

DeMaio says Reform California’s efforts statewide will help all of these candidates, but he notes that additional emphasis will be placed on the three statewide “Priority Races” as the best pick-up opportunities in this cycle.

CONGRESSIONAL RACES

  • CD 3 – Kevin Kiley (Defend seat)
  • CD 9 – Tom Patti (Pick up seat)
  • CD13 – John Duarte (Pick up seat)
  • CD 22 – David Valadao (Defend seat)
  • CD 27 – Mike Garcia (Defend seat)
  • CD40 – Young Kim (Defend seat)
  • CD 41- Ken Calvert (Defend seat)
  • CD 45 – Michelle Steel (Defend seat)
  • CD 47 – Scott Baugh (Pick up seat)
  • CD 49 – Brian Maryott (Pick up seat)

STATE SENATE RACES

  • SD 6 – Roger Niello (Defend seat)
  • SD 14 – Amnon Shor (Pick up seat)
  • SD 16 – David Shepard (Pick up seat)
  • SD 34 – Rhonda Shader (Pick up seat)
  • SD 36 – Janet Nguyen (Pick up seat)
  • SD 38 – Matt Gunderson (Defend seat)
  • SD40 – Brian Jones (Defend seat)

**Already losing SD 4 – need to win all defense seats and at least one pick up seat to break even.

STATE ASSEMBLY RACES

  • AD 7 – Josh Hoover (Pick up seat)
  • AD 22 – Juan Alanis (Pick up seat)
  • AD 27 – Mark Pazin (Pick up seat)
  • AD 40 – Suzette Valladares (Defend seat)
  • AD 42 – Lori Mills (Pick up seat)
  • AD 47 – Greg Wallis (Pick up seat)
  • AD 58 – Bernard Murphy (Pick up seat)
  • AD 60 – Hector Diaz-Nava (Pick up seat)
  • AD 67 – Soo Yoo (Pick up seat)
  • AD 72 – Diane Dixon (Pick up seat)
  • AD 73 – Dr. Steven Choi (Defend seat)
  • AD 74 – Laurie Davies (Defend seat)
  • AD 76 – Kristie Bruce-Lane (Pick up seat)

**Already losing three seats due to redistricting – need to win all defense seats and at least three pick up seats to break even.

DeMaio and Reform California will also focus on a variety of local government races across California – with an announcement of specific target seats after local filing processes are completed in late summer.

Reform California will reach out to “swing voters” in target seats using its “Plain English” Voter Guide. Through an aggressive campaign of text messages, canvassing, digital ads, and volunteer outreach, the Reform California Voter Guide received more than 120,000 unique downloads statewide during the Primary. In addition Reform California made more than 1 million voter contacts in the Primary to boost turnout and unite voters in target races to prevent reform-minded candidates from being shutout of the November runoffs.

DeMaio is optimistic that 2022 will bring big wins even in the deep-blue state of California.

“Reform California will continue to lead the fight to help flip key seats, and these target races will take a lot of work — but together we can make gains,” said DeMaio. “Even blue-leaning voters are starting to wake up and see Democrats’ mismanagement of the state leading to high costs, increasing crime, and failing education and they want change,” he continued.

DeMaio and Reform California are encouraging Californians to join the campaign today to flip key seats in California’s November election. 

Join the Fight: Flip Key Seats in 2022

CA Primary Results: A Bad Night for Democrats

CA Primary Results: A Bad Night for Democrats

Experts say the Primary Suggests California Could Benefit from a “Red Wave” in 2022; Reform California’s Voter Guide Successful in Boosting Candidates in Key Races 

While votes are still being counted across California, the results already paint a bleak picture for California Democrats. The results also point to a strong showing by candidates backed by Reform California.

“We are thrilled with what we’re seeing in the the results from the 2022 California Primary because they clearly show that voters are fed up with the Democrat Super-Majority that has run this state into the ditch and the voters are saying they are looking to make big changes in 2022,” says Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California. 

Based on initial and projected results, Republicans are on track to advance a candidate into the November runoffs for every single statewide race – a feat not accomplished since the state switched to the problematic “Top Two” voting system. Under state law the top two vote-getters in each race regardless of their political party advance to November runoffs versus the old system of advancing one candidate from each political party.

Results already confirm that Republicans will advance a candidate in the races for all statewide races:

  • Governor: Brian Dahle
  • Lt. Governor: Angela Underwood Jacobs
  • Secretary of State: Rob Bernoski 
  • Treasurer: Jack Guererro
  • Controller: Lanhee Chen
  • Insurance Commissioner: Robert Howell or Greg Conlon
  • Attorney General: Nathan Hochman or Eric Early
  • US Senate: Mark Meuser

In the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Republican Lance Christensen is likely to make the runoff based on vote trends heading into Election Day – as will Denis Bilodeau in the race for Board of Equalization.

“It’s refreshing to see that voters in November will have a real choice in each statewide race – and we have a great shot at winning several of these statewide races,” DeMaio notes.

DeMaio and Reform California say advancing a Republican in each race was not just luck. Reform California promoted its “Plain English” Voter Guide statewide to unite voters in each race. Through an aggressive campaign of text messages, canvassing, digital ads, and volunteer outreach the voter guide received more than 100,000 unique downloads heading into Election Day.

“I’m glad that we were able to unite behind a single candidate and not split the vote in some of these races, and it goes to show that Reform California is a powerful voice for organizing and mobilizing grassroots support where it’s needed,” said DeMaio.

And there was more bad news for California Democrats.  In Tuesday’s Primary, Democrat candidates significantly under-performed the 2020 Presidential partisan voting averages on voting in key Congressional, State Senate, and State Assembly races across California. 

In the Congressional races, Rep. Mike Garcia won a convincing majority in his newly-drawn Democrat-leaning 27th District – while incumbent Democrat Josh Harder produced an anemic result in his Democrat-learning 9th District. In the 45th Congressional District that was rated a “toss-up” as of last week, Republicans led by Michele Steel are closing in on a whopping 60% of the vote!

In the State Senate races, Republicans are outperforming expectations in Districts 16, 38 and 40 – all key target seats. And in a surprisingly strong result, Republicans have shown they can now compete for District 34. Unfortunately, in the 4th District that leans Republican, Democrats may have shutout all Republican candidates – although late votes could propel former Rep. George Radanovich into the runoff.

In the State Assembly races, Republicans are outperforming expectations in ALL of their target seats. The biggest surprises are in two seats that Democrats manipulated the redistricting process to capture. In District 40, Suzette Valladares Martinez has shocked observers by winning a majority – and in District 73 Steve Choi is closing in on a majority as well.

Down-ticket local races are also showing strength for center-right candidates and positions – as evidenced by the success of the Recall against liberal San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and the first-place finish in the Los Angeles Mayor’s race for former Republican Rick Caruso.

DeMaio says the Primary results indicate that a Red Wave could be coming to California in November – if these trends continue.

“California voters usually vote Blue, but with skyrocketing cost-of-living, rising homelessness, an explosion of crime, and failing schools voters are clearly upset and looking for change,” DeMaio notes. “Republicans can indeed make significant gains in California in 2022 if they are disciplined, work hard, and get enough resources to compete,” DeMaio concluded.

DeMaio and Reform California are now pivoting to the general election in November, and they are encouraging Californians to join the campaign today to build on the momentum shown in the Primary so they can flip key seats in the General Election in November. Join the Fight: Flip Key Seats in 2022

Carl DeMaio Releases the Reform California Voter Guide for the 2022 Primary Election

Carl DeMaio Releases the Reform California Voter Guide for the 2022 Primary Election

The 2022 California Primary Election will be held June 7, 2022 and this year’s primary ballot is REALLY long! With a bunch of confusing ballot measures and hundreds of candidates running for office, voters can feel overwhelmed and lost. 

Fortunately, Carl DeMaio and the team at Reform California have thoroughly researched and vetted measures and candidates – and produced an easy-to-understand “Plain English” voter guide.

In vetting and endorsing candidates, Carl DeMaio and Reform California use the following criteria:

  • COST OF LIVING: Opposition to tax hikes;
  • CRIME: support for public safety and law enforcement;
  • SCHOOLS: commitment to improve schools, empower parents, and oppose toxic curriculum in the classroom;
  • JOB CREATION: support for small businesses and job creation against costly regulations and mandates, and
  • FREEDOM: respect for our Constitutional rights and personal freedoms.

Several candidates have appeared on the Carl DeMaio radio show on NewsRadio 600 KOGO and we have included their interview in the voter guide for you to listen to.

Because there are so many items on the ballot, the voter guide is separated into sections. Click on each section to see all the items on the ballot. 

ACCESS YOUR LOCAL VOTER GUIDE

California State Voter Guide (view website / print pdf)

For voters who live in all counties except Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties. Those counties have more detailed guides that can be accessed here:

Los Angeles County Voter Guide (view website / print pdf)

Orange County Voter Guide (view website / print pdf)

Riverside County Voter Guide (view website / print pdf)

San Diego County Voter Guide (view website / print pdf)

Reform California Releases List of 24 Target Seats for 2022

Reform California Releases List of 24 Target Seats for 2022

Reform California Launches Ambitious Campaign to Recruit Candidates and Win 24 Toss-Up Seats in Effort to Rebalance the State’s Politics

The past several election cycles have not been kind to moderates and conservatives in the state of California. Democrats currently hold every statewide office and a supermajority in the Legislature — effectively making California a state under one-party rule.

With a national wave election possibly shaping up and with the redistricting process shifting the boundaries of congressional and state legislative seats across the state, the 2022 election could bring a sea-change in California politics that could restore some balance to state politics.

That’s why Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, recently announced his organization will wage a statewide campaign to recruit and support quality candidates to run in what he says are the top target seats in California. 

Their target list includes 8 congressional seats and 16 state legislative seats statewide. On top of those 24 seats, DeMaio and Reform California are compiling a list of local target seats (county boards, city councils, school boards, etc.) that could be flipped in each county.

“There’s no doubt that California has been a tough state for center-right candidates to compete in, but if any year is an opportunity year, 2022 offers the best chance in decades to end the Democrats’ extremist policies and one-party stranglehold on California,” said DeMaio. 

“We absolutely must compete aggressively for these 24 seats — and try to pick up as many local seats as possible in 2022,” DeMaio said.

Reform California’s 3-Point Campaign Strategy to Win Target Seats

DeMaio and his Reform California organization are pursuing a 3-pronged effort to win the 2022 elections and restore “sane” government: defining the narrative, recruiting and supporting reform-minded candidates, and demanding election integrity.

The first prong, defining the narrative, is the best way to win toss-up seats according to DeMaio.

“We need to run on three common-sense issues: cost of living, crime, and schools,” said DeMaio. “This is what real voters care about — issues where Democrats have zero defense for their atrocious record,” he continued.

DeMaio and Reform California intend to run aggressive issue advocacy campaigns on these three topics to highlight the differences between candidates in the toss-up seats.

For the second prong, Reform California is actively engaged in organizing town halls, recruiting volunteers, hiring college and high school students for campaign canvassing, and raising funds for ad campaigns to support candidates. 

Third, Reform California will address problems with election integrity through a new statewide “Secure Your Vote 2022” campaign to prevent voter fraud in the primary and general elections while helping voters cast and track their ballots with confidence.

DeMaio said winning most or all of these 24 target seats would represent a “milestone” in shifting political dynamics in California. 

“Winning the congressional seats would ensure that Democrats nationally lose control of the House,” said DeMaio. “For the State Senate and State Assembly, winning our target seats will allow us to be relevant again in Sacramento and stop extreme Democrat policies,” explained DeMaio.

Carl DeMaio is urging supporters to contribute to the campaign to win these 24 target seats.

“The only thing limiting us right now is lack of resources — so we’re urging all concerned Californians to join us in fighting for these 24 target seats by contributing whatever they can today to the campaign,” DeMaio concluded.

The List of 24 Seats – Do You Live in One?

DeMaio said Reform California selected their 24 target seats after analyzing the results from previous elections — including the most recent 2021 recall election. 

US CONGRESS – 8 Targets

  1. CA3 (Placer, El Dorado, Sierras) — R+7 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Kevin Kiley, Scott Jones; Democrat Candidates: Dr. Kermit Jones
  2. CA22 (Bakersfield, Delano, Corcoran) — D+16.5 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: David Valadao (inc.), Adam Thomas Medeiros, Chris Mathys; Democrat Candidates: Rudy Salas, Bryan Osorio
  3. CA27 (Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley) — D+10 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Mike Garcia (inc.); Democrat Candidates: Christy Smith, Quaye Quartey
  4. CA40 (Yorba Linda, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita) — R+7.5 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Young Kim (inc.), Greg Raths, Nick Taurus; Democrat Candidates: Dr. Asif Mahmood
  5. CA41 (Corona, Yucaipa, Coachella Valley) — R+2.5 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates:Ken Calvert (inc.); Democrat Candidates: Shrina Kurani, Brandon Mosely, Will Rollins
  6. CA45 (Cerritos, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove) — D+4 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Michelle Park Steel (inc.); Democrat Candidates: Jay Chen, Joseph Cho
  7. CA47 (Newport Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach) — R+0 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Scott Baugh, Errol Webber, Amy Phan West, Brian Burley; Democrat Candidates: Katie Porter (inc.)
  8. CA49 (South Orange County/Northwestern San Diego) — D+0 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Brain Maryott, Lisa Bartlett, Christopher Rodriguez; Democrat Candidates: Mike Levin (inc.)

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STATE SENATE – 6 Targets

  1. SD4 (Placer, El Dorado, San Joaquin, Fresno) — R+4.5 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Michael Gordon, Jeff McKay; Democrat Candidates: TBD
  2. SD6 (Roseville, Citrus Heights, Arden, Galt) — R+2.5 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Roger Niello; Democrat Candidates: TBD 
  3. SD16 (Bakersfield, Hanford, Visalia) — D+12 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: TBD; Democrat Candidates: Imelda Ceja
  4. SD36 (Cerritos, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point) — R+3.5 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Janet Nguyen; Democrat Candidates: Kim Carr
  5. SD38 (South Orange County, Encinitas, La Jolla, Mission Beach) — D+3 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Matt Gunderson; Democrat Candidates: Catherine Blakespear, Joe Kerr
  6. SD40 (East County San Diego and San Diego north of Hwy 52) — R+2 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: TBD; Democrat Candidates: TBD

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STATE ASSEMBLY – 10 Targets

  1. AD7 (Citrus Heights, Folsom, Rancho Cordova) — D+3 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Josh Hoover; Democrat Candidates: Ken Cooley (inc.)
  2. AD33 (Hanford, Pixley, Porterville) — R+1 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Devon Mathis (inc.); Democrat Candidates: Jose Sigala
  3. AD40 (Santa Clarita, San Fernando Valley) — D+11 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: TBD; Democrat Candidates: TBD
  4. AD47 (Coachella Valley) — D+3 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Greg Wallis; Democrat Candidates: Christy Holstege
  5. AD59 (Yorba Linda, Chino Hills, North Tustin) — R+9 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Phillip Chen; Democrat Candidates: TBD
  6. AD63 (Norco, Menifee) — R+6 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Clint Lorimore, Bilal Essayli; Democrat Candidates: TBD
  7. AD70 (Garden Grove, Fountain Valley) — D+2.5 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Tri Ta, Kimberly Ho, Ted Bui, Emily Hibard; Democrat Candidates: TBD
  8. AD72 (Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo) — R+7.5 Registration Advantage:  Republican Candidates: Diane Dixon; Democrat Candidates: Judie Mancuso
  9. AD74 (South OC/Oceanside) — R+2 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates:  Laurie Davies (inc.); Democrat Candidates: Chris Duncan, Laurie Girand
  10. AD76 (San Marcos, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo) — D+3.5 Registration Advantage: Republican Candidates: Kristie Bruce-Lane and June Cutter; Democrat Candidates: Brian Maienschein

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