It’s time to get ready to vote

The Tuesday, Nov. 6 election is only two weeks away, and local voters still have time to educate themselves on the candidates and issues on the ballot.

In addition to the federal (U.S. senator, U.S. representative) and state (governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state controller, attorney general, insurance commissioner, state treasurer, attorney general insurance commissioner, state board of equalization, state assembly, supreme court justices, court of appeal justices and superintendent of public instruction) races, voters will also weigh in on 11 propositions.

Many county voters may find the local races to be the most important.

There are four candidates vying for two seats on the Lassen Community College District — Bobby James P. Hubbard, Sophia A. Wages, Melanie Westbrook and Allen Siemer.

Two candidates square off for the Lassen County Assessor’s seat — Nick P. Ceaglio — and Carrie J. Insley, and two candidates seek the Lassen County District Attorney’s seat — Susan M. Rios and David Evans.

And of course, there’s also the county’s Measure M, the commercial Cannabis Business Tax Measure.

In addition, voters who reside in these special districts will elect candidates for the Clear Creek Community Services District, the Spalding Community Services District, the Leavitt Lake Community Services District, the Little Valley Community Services District, the Westwood Community Services District, the Southern Cascades Community Services District, the Big Valley Fire Protection District, the Doyle Fire Protection District, the Hallelujah Junction Fire Protection District, the Lake Forest Fire Protection District, the Madeline Fire Protection District, the McArthur Fire Protection District, the Standish-Litchfield Fire Protection District the Susan River Fire Protection District, the Lassen Library District, the Mayers Memorial Hospital District, the Susanville Sanitary District the Lassen Municipal Utility District, the Herlong Public Utility District, the Lassen County Board of Education, the Big Valley Joint Unified School District, the Fort Sage Unified School District, the Janesville Union Elementary School District, the Johnstonville elementary School District, the Lassen Union High School District, the Ravendale-Termo Elementary School District, the Richmond Elementary School District, the Shaffer Elementary School District, the Susanville School District, the Westwood Unified School District, the Surprise Valley Joint Unified School District, the Modoc Joint Unified School District, the Shasta County Board of Education and the Fall River Joint Unified School District.

While we encourage everyone who is eligible to vote, we also encourage voters to educate themselves about the candidates and the issues on the ballot so their votes on these important races and propositions will reflect their values, views and opinions.

The newspaper is not endorsing any candidates of issues on the upcoming ballot, but we do ask you to educate yourself about the candidates and issues before you go to the ballot box.

Check out your sample ballot. And we’ve published recommendations by a wide variety of groups on page 9B of this issue.

The last day to request a Vote by Mail ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 30, and all Vote by Mail ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office or a polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.