2018 California State Board of Equalization election

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California State Board of Equalization elections, 2018

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All 4 California seats to the California State Board of Equalization
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 2 2
Seats won 3 1
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 1

The 2018 California State Board of Equalization elections were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The primary elections was held on June 5, 2018. All four seats on the State Board of Equalization were contested.

The board's members serve four-year terms and are limited to serving two terms.

A nonpartisan blanket primary was used for the election, starting with the primary in June. The top-two primary finishers in each district, regardless of party, advanced to the general election in November. Republicans lost one seat to the Democrats, leaving only one Republican board member.

Overview[edit]

California State Board of Equalization elections, 2018
Primary election — June 5, 2018
Party Votes Percentage Candidates Advancing to general Seats contesting
Democratic 3,596,705 57.5% 13 4 4
Republican 2,615,705 41.8% 9 4 4
No party preference 43,084 0.7% 1 0 0
Totals 6,255,494 100.0% 23 8
California State Board of Equalization elections, 2018, 2018
General election — November 6, 2018
Party Votes Percentage Seats before Seats after +/–
Democratic 2 3 Increase 1
Republican 2 1 Decrease 1
Valid votes
Invalid votes
Totals 100.0% 4 4
Voter turnout

District 1[edit]

Incumbent Republican George Runner is term-limited and is ineligible to run for reelection.

Candidates[edit]

Republican Party[edit]

Declared
  • Connie Conway, former Assemblywoman and former Minority Leader of the California Assembly
  • David Evans, chief financial officer
  • Ted Gaines, State Senator

Democratic Party[edit]

Declared
  • Tom Hallinan

Nonpartisan blanket primary[edit]

Results[edit]

Nonpartisan blanket primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Hallinan 606,159 39.4
Republican Ted Gaines 500,879 32.6
Republican Connie Conway 283,477 18.4
Republican David Evans 147,473 9.6
Total votes 1,537,988 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

California's 1st Board of Equalization district, 2018[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ted Gaines 1,436,547 51.4%
Democratic Tom Hallinan 1,355,782 48.6%
Majority 80,765 2.8%
Total votes 2,792,329 100.0%
Republican hold

District 2[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Fiona Ma is leaving office to run for state treasurer.

Candidates[edit]

Democratic Party[edit]

Declared
Declined
  • Fiona Ma, incumbent State Board of Equalization member

Republican Party[edit]

Declared
  • Mark Burns, realtor and businessman

Nonpartisan blanket primary[edit]

Results[edit]

Nonpartisan blanket primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Malia Cohen 723,355 38.7
Republican Mark Burns 502,143 26.9
Democratic Cathleen Galgiani 480,887 25.7
Democratic Barry Chang 163,102 8.7
Total votes 1,869,487 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

California's 2nd Board of Equalization district, 2018[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Malia Cohen 2,482,171 72.8%
Republican Mark Burns 927,949 27.2%
Majority 1,554,222 45.6%
Total votes 3,410,120 100.0%
Democratic hold

District 3[edit]

Incumbent Jerome Horton is term-limited and ineligible to run for reelection.

Candidates[edit]

Democratic Party[edit]

Declared

Republican Party[edit]

Declared
  • G. Rick Marshall, chief financial officer

No party preference[edit]

Declared
  • Micheál "Me-Haul" O'Leary

Nonpartisan blanket primary[edit]

Results[edit]

Nonpartisan blanket primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican G. Rick Marshall 335,570 26.4
Democratic Tony Vazquez 255,988 20.2
Democratic Cheryl C. Turner 214,916 16.9
Democratic Scott Svonkin 170,254 13.4
Democratic Nancy Pearlman 160,105 12.6
Democratic Doug Kriegel 44,962 3.5
Democratic Ben Pak 44,588 3.5
No party preference Micheál "Me-Haul" O'Leary 43,084 3.4
Total votes 1,269,467 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

California's 3rd Board of Equalization district, 2018[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Tony Vazquez 1,895,972 69.9%
Republican G. Rick Marshall 815,829 30.1%
Majority 1,080,143 39.8%
Total votes 2,711,801 100.0%
Democratic hold

District 4[edit]

Incumbent Diane Harkey is retiring to run for California's 49th congressional district.

Candidates[edit]

Republican Party[edit]

Declared
  • Joel Anderson, State Senator
  • John F. Kelly, small business owner
  • Jim Stieringer, healthcare equality advocate
  • Nader F. Shahatit, tax consultant
Declined

Democratic Party[edit]

Declared

Nonpartisan blanket primary[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Joel Anderson (R)
Notable individuals and organizations

Results[edit]

Nonpartisan blanket primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Anderson 492,122 31.2
Democratic Mike Schaefer 269,044 17.0
Republican John F. Kelly 263,294 16.7
Democratic David Dodson 234,534 14.9
Democratic Ken Lopez-Maddox 228,811 14.5
Republican Jim Stieringer 58,642 3.7
Republican Nader F. Shahatit 32,105 2.0
Total votes 1,578,552 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

General election results by county:
  Schaefer—60–70%
  Schaefer—50–60%
  Anderson—50–60%
California's 4th Board of Equalization district, 2018[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mike Schaefer 1,559,373 52.2%
Republican Joel Anderson 1,427,566 48.5%
Majority 131,807 3.7%
Total votes 2,986,939 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Statement of Vote
  2. ^ a b c d "Board of Equalization Results of All Districts". California Secretary of State. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Meet Mike Schaefer, perennial candidate
  4. ^ For Voters

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites for first district candidates
Official campaign websites for second district candidates
Official campaign websites for third district candidates
Official campaign websites of fourth district candidates