'Open primary' measure wins Farm Bureau support
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Seeing it as consistent with its long-term effort to reform government, the California Farm Bureau Federation has endorsed the "open primary" measure on the California ballot, Proposition 14.
"Farm Bureau has consistently supported measures to make our state government more responsive," CFBF President Paul Wenger said. "Proposition 14 will help California break away from special-interest politics and allow for a truly representative state government."
Proposition 14 would amend the state constitution to require that all voters receive the same primary election ballot for most state and federal offices. The two candidates earning the most votes in the primary—regardless of their political party affiliation—would advance to the general election.
"We see this as an opportunity to elect representatives who will consider all points of view and seek actual compromise," Wenger said. "California needs office holders who will work across deeply divided party lines to reach solutions that are in the best interests of the entire state. Proposition 14 will help candidates who want to serve the people and will reduce the political polarization that has hampered California for too long."
The California Farm Bureau Board of Directors considered all five measures on the June 8 ballot. The organization's complete list of ballot positions:
|Proposition 13: Property Tax Assessments/Seismic Retrofitting||YES|
|Proposition 14: Open Primary Elections||YES|
|Proposition 15: Public Funding of Elections||NO|
|Proposition 16: Vote Requirement for Local Electricity Providers||NO|
|Proposition 17: Auto Insurance||(No Position)|
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of 81,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.
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