Locally, there’s a chance to turn over a majority of the City Council.
Mayor Brent Ives, who has served on the body since 1992, is running for what will, one way or another, be his final term at City Hall. Councilman Steve Abercrombie and Mayor Pro Tem Michael Maciel also find their seats up for re-election, and while neither has said with certainty they will run again, the safe money is that these two men with deep local ties (and rumored mayoral ambition) will defend their seats.
And then there’s Councilman Robert Elliott, who two years after securing his seat is looking to represent the south county on the board of supervisors. If he wins and departs, the council’s complexion could completely change — it’s up to voters to maintain the status quo or shake up the council’s makeup.
Voters also have a chance to have a major local impact via a statewide election. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to ask November poll-goers to increase the state sales tax, he says to spare schools from kindergarten through the University of California system even more drastic cuts.
And we’re not even mentioning the races in the state Legislature, Congress and the White House.
So far, fresh faces are few and far between in these races, from the top on down. But there’s still plenty of reason for voters to stay tuned and attuned — there’s far too much at stake to disengage.