Election Day is fast approaching, so here’s what you need to know before you begin to fill out your ballot on Nov. 6.
Aside from choosing between another four years with Democratic incumbent Barack Obama, or electing Republican challenger Mitt Romney as the next new president, California voters have a long list of local representatives and measures to choose from.
With 11 state measures on a crowded ballot, the propositions with the most attention are Proposition 30 and 38, both proposing increased funding for education through higher taxes.
Click here for information on where your polling place is, and check back with Watsonville Patch on Election Day for all-day coverage and results.
Barack Obama/Joseph Biden, Democratic
Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican
Third Party Presidential Candidates
Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green
Jerry White/Phyllis Scherrer (Write-In)
Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez (Write-In)
Roseanne Barr/Cindy Sheehan, Peace and Freedom
Sheila "Samm" Tittle/Matthew Allen Turner (Write-In)
Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian
Ron Paul/Andrew Napolitano (Write-In)
Thomas Hoefling/Robert Ornelas, American Independent
Virgil Goode/James Clymer (Write-In)
Stewart Alexander/Alex Mendoza (Write-In)
James Harris/Alyson Kennedy (Write-In)
Stephen Durham/Christina Lopez (Write-In)
United States Senator
Incubment Diane Feinstein, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken are vying for the seat.
United States Congress, District 20
Democratic incumbent Sam Farr is up against Jeff Taylor, a Republican rancher, to represent the Central Coast.
Here are some videos, courtesy CMAP.tv in Gilroy, of the candidates talking about the issues:
State Senate, District 17
Bill Monning and Larry Beaman are squaring off.
State Assembly, District 30
Democratic incumbent Luis Alejo is defending his seat from Republican challenger Rob Bernosky.
Watsonville City Council
Four candidates for city council are running unopposed for their respective seats.
Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees
There are two contested races for the PVUSD school board.
Elsa Nunez is challenging incumbent Karen Osmundson for the Area 3 seat, which represents North Monterey County.
Former Watsonville Mayor Antonio Rivas is making his first run for school board against newcomer Maria Orozco, a recent Santa Clara University graduate, in the race for Area 6 representative.
Statewide Ballot Measures
California voters will decide on 11 propositions. Check out Patch’s California Proposition Voter Guide for details on each of the propositions.
Coverage of Ballot Measures
Video: Should Voters Repeal the Death Penalty?
Video: Prop. 36 Changes 'Three Strikes' Law
When you support Proposition 30 you support Cabrillo College
Blog: Another Pop Quiz on Proposition 38
Survey: Biologists Say 'No' on GMO Labels Proposition 37
Santa Cruz County Measures
Measure N—The County Transient Occupancy Tax Measure would add 1.5 percent to the transient occupancy tax rate. Revenue would fund police, fire, emergency services, health services, parks and recreation, economic development, job creation, and other essential county services.
Measure L—Pajaro Valley Unified School District Bond Measure would fund facility repairs and upgrades at all PVUSD schools. People are split on the measure, with retirees and those living on a fixed income against the bond while parents and teachers are supportive. If approved, the bond will add about $38 per $100,000 of assessed home value to property owners' taxes.
Measure R—City of Watsonville Mobile Home Parks Rent Control Fee. City residents will vote on whether those living in mobile homes will pay more into a legal fund reserved for defending rent control for Watsonville's 955 mobile homes. The measure increases the monthly payment from $1 to $5. Mobile home residents want the increase, but it's up to a vote of everyone in the city.