The contest for the 3rd Congressional District is more a slow crawl than a race. The reason: There are just two bona-fide candidates.
Prior to the state’s switch to a top-two primary system, where the top two vote-getters in the primary election move on to the general election regardless of party affiliation, the winner in each party’s primary advanced to November. That meant all political parties, if their party fielded candidates, were represented in the general election.
Now, only two advance.
Results for the 3rd Congressional District primary campaign would be the same under either system. Before top-two voting, incumbent Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, would carry the banner into the general election for Democrats: state Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Chico, would represent the GOP on the November ballot.
Barring electoral calamity, that’s how the June 3 voting will turn out. The difference now is that they will stand toe-to-toe between June and November, without the ballot distraction of third-party candidates.
We have two such races on the Solano ballot. The other is the two-candidate race in the state’s 11th Assembly District, where incumbent Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, and Republican Alex Henthorn of Vacaville are sure to advance.
We’re fortunate in our congressional race that we have quality candidates who articulate clearly different messages as to the role and scope of our federal government.
Both demonstrate a willingness to work across party lines, Logue in the Democrat-controlled state Legislature and Garamendi in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.
Both are staunch supporters of the U.S. Air Force. The 3rd District includes Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield as well as Beale Air Force Base near Marysville. Garamendi is a new convert to the pro-military way of thinking, but has taken that mantle of support and run with it. Logue’s Assembly district includes Beale, and he’s fought at the state level to protect that base.
Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, Libertarian, Peace and Freedom or Green party member, or you belong to the ever-growing “decline to state” party, take the time to consider the races where voting matters – from governor on down to various local contests – and help put your chosen candidates over the top and send them to the November general election.
For those few races where your vote will make little difference – such as our local congressional race – it’s worth it to mark your ballot anyway, if for no other reason than to get a preview of the November matchup.
Then sit back and wait for the real campaign to begin later this summer.