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The election is final this week and it couldn’t have come soon enough. Like many, I am just fatigued by how low this election cycle has sunk and the fact that two presidential candidates are the worst choice ever. It is ridiculous that those two are the best that this country could muster to lead the free world. It’s sad.

Aside from the terrible choices for president, there are other races that will have a more direct effect on our wallets and community. The following is my election guide and picks for local representatives and the gaggle of propositions:

U.S. Senate- the choice is between two democrats. My pick is California attorney general Kamala Harris. She did a decent job as the state attorney general. Vote- Kamala Harris

U.S. Representative-  The race is between incumbent Steve Knight and challenger Bryan Caforio. This has been a nasty race. Caforio is from Beverly Hills and is renting a house in the district just for this race, which makes him a carpetbagger. He is out of touch with SCV issues and is dishonest in his campaigning. Vote- Congressman Steve Knight

State Senate- If Scott Wilk only does half of what he did as our assemblyman than he will do much more than most in Sacramento. Wilk has proved in metal in the assembly and works hard for his constituents. Vote- Scott Wilk for State Senate

State Senate- The seat is currently held by Pavely who is too extreme. Steve Fazio has been endorsed by Congressman Steve Knight for Congress, Assemblyman Scott Wilk for State Senator, Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar and Cameron Smyth a candidate for Santa Clarita City Council. - Vote for Steve Fazio

State Assembly- The seat is being vacated by Scott Wilk who is running for state senate. The two candidates are Republican Dante Acosta and Democrat Cristy Smith. The SCV GOP went through a laundry list of possible candidates to run for this assembly seat and scrapped the bottom to come up with Dante Acosta. He is an empty suit, not well versed in the issues, and has been accused of some questionable behaviors. Cristy Smith is a smart, well educated individual who cleaned Acosta’s clock at the local debates with her deep knowledge of the issues. – Vote Cristy Smith   

County Supervisor- There is only one choice in my opinion and that is Kathryn Barger. She was born and raised in the 5th District, has been chief of staff for outgoing Supervisor Antonovich, and knows our communities. She will provide stable continuity in the district and is very smart. She knows how to get stuff done. Vote Kathryn Barger

Santa Clarita City Council- There are two seats up for election. Incumbent Bob Kellar continue to do an excellent job as a public servant. The council has often been circus like with some disruptive members and activists. Former city councilman Cameron Smyth will bring order back and hopefully reasonable meetings that don’t run on for hours. Vote Bob Kellar and Cameron Smyth  

Water Board- THIS RACE IS IMPORTANT. I say that because often people will just vote for the top of the ballot and forget the rest. Please don’t skip over these candidates as it could COST YOU MONEY. It is imperative that the local water board not fall it to the hands of wackos who will raise your rates and clamp down water supply. Vote- Bill Cooper, RJ Kelly, Jerry Gladbach, and Bill Pesci     

Here is a quick rundown of the Propositions from the Daily News and how to vote:

Proposition 51

Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for public school buildings, charter schools, vocational education facilities and community college campuses. The bonds would be paid off over a 35-year period at a total cost of about $17.6 billion. Vote YES

Proposition 52

Extends a law that imposes fees on hospitals to fund health care for people with low incomes, primarily the Medi-Cal program that serves a third of Californians. Proposition 52 would indefinitely enshrine the fee in law, making it harder for the Legislature to use the money for other purposes. Vote NO

Proposition 53

Requires voter approval before revenue bonds exceeding $2 billion can be issued. Promoted by a wealthy Stockton farmer and businessman, the measure seeks to block Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento River delta for use in Southern California. Vote NO

Proposition 54

Requires the Legislature to publish bills for at least 72 hours before voting on them and to post videos of legislative proceedings online. Vote NO

Proposition 55

Extends a temporary income tax increase on the wealthy for another 12 years, raising an estimated $4 billion to $9 billion per year through 2030 for schools, community colleges, Medi-Cal and budget reserves. Voters first approved the higher tax rates for incomes above $250,000 in 2012. Vote NO

Proposition 56

Raises cigarette taxes by $2 to $2.87 per pack and hikes taxes on other tobacco products and nicotine products used with electronic cigarettes. It would raise an estimated $1 billion in the first year, with much of the money earmarked for health care for people with low incomes. Vote YES

Proposition 57

Gives corrections officials more say in when criminals are released and strips prosecutors of the power to decide when juveniles should be tried as adults. The measure is promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown. Vote YES

Proposition 51

Rolls back California’s voter-approved 1998 ban on teaching English learners in any language other than English, giving school districts the option to bring back bilingual education. Vote NO

Proposition 59

A nonbinding measure that asks whether California lawmakers should push for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court case, which threw out restrictions on corporate and union political contributions. Vote YES

Proposition 60

Requires that pornography actors wear condoms while filming sexual intercourse and requires porn producers to pay for vaccinations and medical exams for actors who perform in the films. Vote NO

Proposition 61

Prohibits the state from paying more than the Veterans Administration for prescription drugs. The measure would apply to health programs for prison inmates, retired government workers and some low-income Californians on Medi-Cal. Vote YES

Proposition 62

Repeals the death penalty in California and sets the maximum sentence as life without the possibility of parole. It would apply retroactively to inmates currently on death row. Vote NO

Proposition 63

Enacts several gun-control measures, including background checks for ammunition sales and a ban on high-capacity magazines. Vote Yes

Proposition 64

Legalizes the use and possession of marijuana for adults 21 or older and creates licensing standards. Revenue from sales and cultivation taxes would pay for youth programs, environmental protection and law enforcement. Vote YES

Proposition 65

Requires that a $0.10 fee for grocery bags be used for environmental programs, redirecting money that now goes to grocers and other retail stores. The measure is promoted by opponents of Proposition 67, which would enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags and require a fee for paper and thicker plastic bags used at checkout. Vote NO

Proposition 66

Speeds up the appeals process so death-row inmates are executed more quickly. Vote YES

Proposition 67

Enacts a statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags and requires large retailers to charge at least a dime for recycled paper bags and reusable bags. Vote NO

The most important thing is that you get out and vote on Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 8th.