Primary election takes place this summer


California primary elections take place on Tuesday, June 7 with the governorship, both seats in the Senate, Secretary of State, treasurer and Lieutenant Governor and many other positions up for grabs.  

There are many candidates running for governor.  One of which is the current governor, Gavin Newsom, is going for re-election after he beat his recall election in September of 2021.  

“A poll released in February found his approval rating was nearly split,” the Sacramento Bee said. “48 percent of voters approve of his record, while 47 percent disapprove.” 

Newsom’s biggest competitor is Brian Dahle. Dahle is a Republican candidate from Lassen County who is serving in the State Senate for District 1. One of his primary goals is to reduce the crime rate.

Dahle said in an interview with CalMatters that if he is elected he will “get violent criminals off our streets… and get repeat criminals off our streets.”

Locally, Katie Porter is running for reelection.  She is currently the representative of the 45th Congressional District of California. One thing she plans to focus on is inflation.

An estimated 50 percent of people ages 18 to 29 voted in the 2020 presidential election. This group has the lowest voter turnout of every age group. 

“If we had a higher percentage of 18 to 29-year-olds who actually voted, I think policymakers might reflect policies that young people care about,” government teacher Courtney Smith said. “But right now it’s the age group of the lowest voter turnout.”  

If you are under the age of 18, you don’t have the ability to vote in this upcoming election.  However if you are 16 or 17-years-old, you can pre-register by filling out the voting registration application on paper or online at so you are already registered for the presidential election in 2024.