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Primary election coming up Tuesday

Posted: May 30, 2014 4:58 p.m.
Updated: May 30, 2014 4:58 p.m.

Voters line up outside to vote in the June 2012 primary at the Hasley Canyon Village polling place in Castaic. Signal file photo by Dan Watson

 

The state primary election is just days away, with Santa Clarita Valley voters set to choose candidates for the November general election in both the state and national legislatures.

Of course, many have already mailed in their ballots. And for those who meant to but didn’t fill out the paperwork in time, the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office has another option: a trip to Norwalk where ballots can be cast from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office is located at 12400 Imperial Highway, Room 3002, in Norwalk.
Those planning to go to the polls on Tuesday can locate their polling place online at www.LAVote.net or by calling (800) 815-2666, option 1.

Those voting by mail must return their ballots by mail before Tuesday or drop them off at a polling place on Election Day.

Congressional race
The most high-profile race on the docket for the Santa Clarita Valley is in the 25th Congressional District, where eight men are vying to take over the seat from longtime Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, who is retiring after his term ends this year.

Among those candidates are current state Sen. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, Democrat Lee Rogers, who ran against McKeon in 2012, and former state Sen. Tony Strickland, a Republican who has secured McKeon’s endorsement in the race.

Two residents of the Santa Clarita Valley are also running for McKeon’s seat. They are Stevenson Ranch Libertarian David Bruce and Saugus Republican Troy Castagna.

Other candidates in the race include Michael Mussack, a no-party-preference candidate, Porter Ranch Republican Navraj Singh and Lancaster resident Evan Thomas, who is running as a Democrat.

Assembly races
Another race that has attracted a number of candidates is the 36th Assembly District, where incumbent Assemblyman Steve Fox, D-Palmdale, is part of a crowded field in the race to represent the district that includes portions of Canyon Country and north Saugus.

Fox, who is running for re-election following a narrow victory in 2012, faces challenges from three Republicans: J.D. Kennedy, a Marine veteran and former district representative for McKeon; Suzette Martinez, who worked as a district office manager for McKeon and is a board member for the Santa Clarita Valley Latino Chamber of Commerce; and Palmdale City Councilman Tom Lackey.

Lancaster resident Kermit F. Franklin is running as a Democrat for the seat as well.

The top two vote-getters in that race will advance to November’s general election.

The race to represent the majority of the Santa Clarita Valley in the state Assembly is not as eventful.
Only two candidates — incumbent Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, and Democrat Jorge Salomon

Fuentes — have signed on to run this year.

This means both will advance to the general election in November regardless of the outcome of the primary.

Poll workers needed
While the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office encourages all Los Angeles County residents to head to the polls to vote, the office is also looking for additional poll workers for Election Day.

“We are always in need of poll workers for elections,” said Regina Ip, a spokeswoman for the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office. “Every election, we need 25,000 election volunteers to make democracy possible.”
Poll workers are needed throughout the county, but particularly in areas including Valencia and Los Angeles, according to a news release from the office sent earlier this week.

“For the upcoming June primary election, we are especially in need of poll workers due to the timing of the election,” Ip said. “It is more difficult to recruit poll workers in June because of the summer season.”
Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m.

“Poll workers work between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. approximately,” Ip said. “They have breaks and lunch. Poll workers can earn a stipend between $105 and $175.”

Those interested in being a poll worker need to be at least 18 years old, a resident of Los Angeles County and a registered voter or legal permanent resident.

Poll workers also need “to attend a training class to go over how to set up the poll, assist voters when signing in, issue ballots and account for ballots and pack supplies after voting has ended,” according to Ip.
For more information, visit www.LAVote.net/voter/POLLWORKER/Default.cfm.

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