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Open primary mixes parties
Smaller parties offer more choices
Presidential primary is a mother lode
The presidential candidates on the issues
Other candidates in the presidenital race
A quiet GOP Senate campaign
Other candidates for the Senate seat

District 10
District 12
District 13
District 14
District 15
District 16
District 17

District 11
District 13
District 15

District 23
District 24
District 28
Districts 18, 20, 21, 22, and 27

Voters facing 20 ballot measures
Pro, con, for and against

Santa Clara County
Board of Supervisors
Superior Court
Los Altos Hills Council
San Jose Council
Water District
Open Space Authority
Ballot measures

Alameda County
Board of Supervisors
Board of Education
Ballot measures

San Mateo County
Board of Supervisors
Half Moon Bay Council
Ballot measures

Santa Cruz County
Board of Supervisors
District Attorney
Superior Court
Ballot measures

San Benito County
Board of Supervisors
Superior Court
Board of Education

How to use Pollstar ballot machine

Are we there yet? An explanation of the primary process

Politics & Government on Mercury Center

Campaign 2000 at RealCities

California Secretary of State voter information
California Voter Foundation's nonpartisan guide
League of Women Voters' nonpartisan guide
Rough and Tumble, a daily snapshot on California politics

Alameda County
Monterey County
San Benito County
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County



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Districts 2 and 3

Candidates in Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors districts 2 and 3 are running unopposed. They are: District 2 -- Blanca Alvarado (incumbent); District 3 -- Peter A. McHugh (incumbent).

District 5

What's at stake? Three candidates are running for the seat to be vacated by Joe Simitian. The district includes northern Santa Clara County, including Palo Alto, Stanford, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, Saratoga, south Sunnyvale and West San Jose, plus unincorporated areas of western Santa Clara County. High on all three candidates' agenda are environmental protection, alternative transportation and affordable housing.


Who is she? Liz Kniss, 61, is mayor of Palo Alto, a longtime city council member and communications director at Sun Microsystems. She is also a former president and board member of the Palo Alto Unified School District. Kniss advocated bringing technology into the city and was instrumental in helping Palo Alto establish its Web page and has been active in bringing Internet access to city hall.

 Where does she stand? Kniss has worked toward affordable housing in Palo Alto and the rest of Silicon Valley for seniors and low-income individuals and families and has also been active in pressing Stanford University to commit to environmental conservation for the Palo Alto foothills. Kniss wants to form a citizen's financial task force. She also wants to make the government more accessible through the Internet and Web sites, as well as to link Palo Alto via public transportation to the light rail station in Mountain View.


Who is she? Dolores Sandoval, 38, is a board member and past president of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and math teacher at Los Gatos High School. She is also chairwoman of the Role Model Program, which helps at-risk teenagers. She's also been active in regional transportation and environmental issues.

Where does she stand? Sandoval wants to abolish admission fees for county parks, implement a strong environmental protection policy to govern all county operations and develop school-linked services to deliver county services, such as health care, social services and counseling to school sites. She also wants to devote more money to fight violent crime and focus on restorative justice -- making offenders of minor crimes pay back the criminal justice system with community service rather than send them to jail for short periods of time.


Who is he? Terry Trumbull, 54, has been a county planning commissioner from 1976 to 1980 and 1996 to present and is a former commission chairman. He has been active in environmental issues, fighting against urban sprawl and hillside development. He also took part in a move to demand that Stanford submit its first land-use plan. Trumbull took part in the 1998 campaign effort to pass Proposition 10, which funds early childhood development programs with a special tobacco tax.

Where does he stand? Trumbull says he wants to create mixed-use residential developments at the district's public transportation hubs. He would also re-zone industrial lands in cities with heavy job balances to allow for more housing. Trumbull also said he wants to create a tri-county Dumbarton Bridge district -- with Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties -- that would allow the purchase and use of rail across the railroad bridge. He also wants to fund increased bus usage in the corridor.

-- Mercury News Staff Writer Jane Lii


Published February 20, 2000

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