By Brittany Lieberman / Editor In Chief


California voters will elect a governor Tuesday, Nov. 4 in the midterm elections, choosing between democratic incumbent Jerry Brown and Republican businessman Neel Kashkari.

Brown ran for president in the 1976, 1980 and 1992 presidential elections, served as state attorney general from 1971-1975 and is a former mayor of Oakland. He was elected governor of California in 1974, 1978 and 2011.

Brown earmarked $61.6 billion for education funding in the 2014-2015 state budget, filed in January, up $4.3 billion from the previous year. The change means 54 percent of the 2014-2015 general fund is designed for education, 42.4 percent for K-12 education and 11.6 percent for higher education. The 2014-2015 state budget can be viewed at ebudget.ca.gov.

Jessica Rodriguez, 34, a political science major, said, “I used to not understand the voting process. I do now and I know we all make a difference in the voting process.”

According to Kashkari’s campaign website, he was an engineer and businessman in California before being appointed to the department of the treasury by George W. Bush in 2006, then assistant secretary of the treasury. According to his education plan, Kashkari plans to “reduce income inequality, lift achievement and eradicate poverty,” in California’s schools.

If elected, Kashkari will, “Implement longer school days and years, reward great teachers, flip the classroom for better student-teacher interaction” and supply funding for charter schools. Kashkari’s education plan can be viewed at neelkashkari.com/education.

Sociology teacher Carlos Ramos said, “People should realize whether or not they vote, and the impact their vote has on their experiences in the school system.”
Other state positions to be filled are lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, treasurer, attorney general, representatives to Congress, state senators, Assembly members, superintendent of public instruction.

To find out where to vote, people may visit lavote.net/Locator for Los Angeles county and ocvote.net for Orange County.