Last week, SAR published its Local Candidate General Election Voter Guide to provide you with the list of SAR-endorsed candidates that have demonstrated they are REALTOR® Champions. This means their policy goals align with the attitudes, values and beliefs of the association. SAR supports candidates who favor things such as housing creation, private property rights, and a business-friendly environment for REALTORS® to operate. I strongly urge you to review this Voter Guide.
Your vote in these elections is critical because it is your only opportunity to express who you want in office representing your interests, and it is a chance to stand up for the issues important to you. As REALTORS®, we are all part of the REALTOR® Party of California. This is a powerful alliance of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations working to advance public policies and candidates that build strong communities, protect property interests, and promote a vibrant business environment. As part of the REALTOR® Party of California, the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® (SAR) has engaged with the candidates running for local office through the Local Candidate Recommendation Committee (LCRC) to interview and identify the candidates that, if elected will be REALTOR® Champions and are committed to working with our Association on policy solutions.
The threat of a major shift in local policies if our cities and county ultimately do not elect REALTOR® Champions to fill these seats is real. For example, we will see THREE brand new members elected to our Sacramento City Council as there are no incumbents on the slate for Districts 1, 3, and 5. With only eight total city council districts plus the Mayor, imagine the outsized impact to local policies if three candidates who do not align with REALTOR® values are elected? It is imperative that Sacramento elect REALTOR® Champions who align with our policy goals.
By now all registered voters should have received a vote-by-mail ballot to participate in the upcoming November 8th General Election. If you haven’t received your ballot please contact your County Elections office in Sacramento County https://elections.saccounty.net/Pages/default.aspx or in Yolo County https://www.yoloelections.org/.
This election matters. If you ever think that just one vote in a sea of thousands cannot make much of a difference, consider that there have been some VERY close local election races in the last few years. Your vote absolutely DOES matter. If you are not registered to vote, you still have time to participate in the upcoming election!
The formal deadline to register just passed on Monday October 24th — however California offers Same Day Voter Registration, known as Conditional Voter Registration in state law, which is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information for an election. For more information about the Same Day Voter Registration program, visit the California Secretary of State website https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/same-day-reg. To find your local polling location, visit https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place.
Want to ensure your vote has been received and counted? Sign up for ballot tracking and you will receive notifications as your ballot makes it way through the process. Register for ballot tracking here: State of California (ballottrax.net).
SAR Endorsement List
These candidates went through a rigorous internal process by providing answers to SAR’s candidate questionnaire and a candidate interview. They were chosen because they showed the committee that they are committed to policy solutions and protecting private property rights.
Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
• District 5 – Pat Hume
City of Sacramento
• District 1 – Lisa Kaplan
• District 3 – Michael Lynch
• District 5 – Tamiko Heim
• Mayor – Bobbie Singh-Allen
• District 2 – Felipe Martin
• District 4 – Sergio Robles
• CCSD, Division 2 – Peter Sakaris
• City Council – Garrett Gatewood
• Recreation and Parks, District 1 – Jack Zwald
•District 5 – Porsche Middleton
• District 1 – Mike Kozlowski
• District 3 – Sarah Aquino
• District 3 – Dawnté Early
• District 4 – Verna Sulpizio Hull
• Ward 3 – Gregg Fishman
• Ward 4 – Rosanna Herbert
• Sacramento City Unified, Area 2 – Leticia Garcia
• Washington Unified, Area 1 – Christ Barnas
• San Juan Unified Board of Education, Trustee Area 6 – Ben Avey
American River Flood Control District
• Trustee, Brian Holloway
Sac Metro Fire Board
• Division 9 – John Costa
City of Sacramento – Measure O
• Supported – Vote Yes
So please review this Voter Guide and consider voting with the REALTOR® Party of California! If you have questions, please contact our amazing Government Affairs Director on staff, Erin Teague, or the Government Affairs Coordinator Derek Catron.