A day at the polls

first_imgMeasure E would help pay for new high schools in southeast Palmdale and in either southwest Palmdale or west Lancaster, to complete construction of Eastside High and to expand Quartz Hill High. The bond measure also would add two new science labs at Lancaster High School, make lighting, safety and seismic improvements at other schools, and pay for planning for another new high school. Measure E would raise property taxes about $30 per $100,000 assessed valuation. To cope with 4,000 more students in the next five years, the Westside Union School District is asking voters to pass a $67.5 million bond measure to build three elementary schools and a middle school. Measure K also would help pay to replace portable buildings with permanent ones and upgrade existing classrooms and school facilities. Antelope Valley voters go to the polls today to decide elections for two local school bond measures, the Republican nomination for the 36th Assembly District, Kern County sheriff and 2nd District supervisor, and the Republican primary for the 22nd District congressional seat for northern Antelope Valley. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Voters in Los Angeles County who don’t know where to vote can call the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office at (800) 815-2666 or check online at www.lavote.net. Voters in Kern County can call the Kern County Elections Division at (800) 452-8683 or go online at www.co.kern.ca.us. Antelope Valley Union High School District officials are pinning their hopes for accommodating more than 1,000 additional students a year on voters passing a $177.5 million bond measure. If passed, Measure K would raise property taxes about $27 per $100,000 assessed valuation. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford is challenging Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, for the Republican nomination in the 36th Assembly District race. Ledford has been mayor of Palmdale since 1992. Runner is running for her third and final term. The district, which covers Lancaster, Palmdale and parts of western San Bernardino County, is considered a safe seat for Republicans, who outnumber Democrats by a 45-36 margin. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Robert “Bo” Bynum in the general election. Bynum is a Palmdale school board trustee and retired owner of a sporting goods business. Kern County Sheriff Mack Wimbish, who is seeking his second term, faces five challengers: Steve Perez, a former county supervisor and one-time deputy who narrowly was defeated for sheriff by Wimbish in 2002; Donny Youngblood, a former Sheriff’s Department commander; Jim Raul “J.R.” Rodriquez, Larry Studer and Chevy Garza, all sergeants with the department. In Kern County’s 2nd Supervisorial District race, Supervisor Don Maben, who is seeking a second term, is being challenged by Rick Zanutto, a school board member and newspaper publisher from Caliente. In the race to replace Bill Thomas in the 22nd District congressional seat, Assembly Republican leader and former Thomas aide Kevin McCarthy is running against California City accountant David Evans and Bakersfield attorney Steve Nichols. The Republican winner faces Democrat Sharon Beery of Arroyo Grande in November. The 22nd District stretches from Paso Robles to Ridgecrest and includes Edwards Air Force Base and parts of Lancaster. It has been represented for more than a quarter-century by Thomas, a Bakersfield Republican who announced in March he would not seek a 15th term. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more