ELECTIONS: New Districts, New Rules and New Candidates on June Ballot

  • March 16, 2012

By David Mills

Here's what Alameda County voters will see on their ballots in the June primary.

On June 5, Californians for the first time will vote in an open primary.

The top two vote getters in a race will move on to the November general election, whether or not they are from the same party.

In addition, this will be the first election with the new congressional, state Senate and state Assembly districts approved last fall by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. They officially take effect in January.

State Assembly -- 20th District

 This new district includes Union City, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Ashland and Cherryland.

There are five candidates on the ballot.

Sarabjit Kaur Cheema is a New Haven school board member. She is also on the Union City human relations commission. She works as a transportation engineer for the state.

Mark Green, listed as an Independent, has been the mayor of Union City for the past 19 years. He is a member of the Association of Bay Area Government and the Metropolitan Transporation Commission.

Jennifer Ong is a doctor of optometry in Alameda. She is also a commissioner on Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women.

Bill Quirk has been on the Hayward City Council for two terms. He is a former NASA scientist and a retired Livermore Lab scientist.

Luis Reynoso is a Mexico native and a naturalized U.S. citizen. He attended Chabot College and Cal State Hayward. He is now a Hayward school board member.

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