Half Moon Bay Election Guide 2012

The candidates, voting information and issues that will be affecting Half Moon Bay.

As we look at November’s elections, Half Moon Bay Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates.

Patch asked local candidates running for Half Moon Bay City Council to answer questions about their education, work experience and previous political experience. Click on the links below to view their profiles.

Stay tuned this week for profiles on candidates running for Cabrillo Unified School, Governing Board.

Voting Info

  • Sample Ballot: To see your sample ballot, go to the County Clerk's website and enter your address in the Precinct Finder.
  • Polling locations: To find polling locations and precincts, click here.
  • Early Voting: You may vote early from October 1 to October 31. You can find full information how to do so here.



  • Half Moon Bay City Council Vote for 2: (John Muller, Marina Fraser, Harvey Rarback, John Ullom)
  • Cabrillo Unified School, Governing Board, Vote for 2: (Michael Ahern, Mario Vazquez, Charmion Donegan, Kate Livingston)
  • La Honda-Pescadero Schoo, Governing Board, Vote for 3: (Peter Bohacek, Kathy Crane, Humberto Perez, Christopher Brancart)


• San Mateo County Harbor, Commissioner, Vote for 3: (Will Holsinger, Brandon Kwan, Leo Padreddi, Pietro Parravano, Sabrina Brennan, Neil Merrilees)
• San Mato County Board of Education, Vote for 1: (Rod Hsiao, Jim Cannon, Ted Lempert, Jo-Ann Byrne, Joe Ross)

• San Mateo County Supervisors, District 4, Vote for 1: (Shelly Masur or Warren Slocum)


  • State Senator, District 13 Vote for 1: (Jerry Hill and Sally Lieber)
  • State Assembly, District 24 Vote for 1: (Richard Gordon and Chengzhi "George" Yang)


  • US Congress, District 14 Vote for 1: (Jackie Speier and Deborah Bacigalupi)
  • US Senate Vote for 1: (Dianne Feinstein and Elizabeth Emken)
  • US President Vote for 1: (Barack Obama and Mitt Romney)

Ballot Issues

Sales tax Measure J for Half Moon Bay residents: Half Moon Bay voters go to the polls in November to decide the fate of Measure J, a half-cent sales tax hike that would provide an estimated $867,000 per year for city infrastructure projects.

San Mateo County Measures:


Altogether, 11 statewide ballot propositions will be on the November 6, 2012 ballot. They are:

Prop 30, Taxes, Jerry Brown's Tax Increase

Prop 31, State budget, Two-Year Budget Cycle

Prop 32, Labor, Ban on corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates

Prop 33, Insurance, Car insurance rates can be based ona person history of insurance coverage ("persistency discounts")

Prop 34, Death penalty, "End of the Death Penalty"

Prop 35, Law enforcement, Prohibition on Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery

Prop 36, Law enforcement, Repeal of the "Three Strikes" Law

Prop 37, Regulations, Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food

Prop 38, Taxes, Molly Munger's State Income Tax Increase

Prop 39, Taxes, Income Tax Increase for Multistate Businesses

Prop 40, Redistricting, Referendum on the State Senate Redistricting Plan

For more information on California 2012 ballot propositions, go here. Or read the Craig and Lou At the Ballot Box blog on Patch which goes over all the propositions for you.

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George Muteff October 01, 2012 at 06:48 PM
LOCAL: * Half Moon Bay City Council Vote for 2: (John Muller, Marina Fraser, Harvey Rarback, John Ullom) Still Fraser is noticeably absent of any data. She is the only candidate grayed out / not linked to data. Why? Why is a sitting Council member not providing the voting public, whose votes and support she needs to win, not providing info here and other free outlets provided that the other three are? Maybe she feels her name speaks for itself? Maybe she feels she's a lock? Maybe she feels that because she is an incumbent, she deserves to keep her seat? Some might perceive her lack of participation as arrogance; feeling that as an incumbent being challenged by two that do not have her name recognition, she's better off flying under the radar. Perhaps she feels the two new challengers just don't provide the challenge needed to "get out the vote". Any way we slice it, her abstinence is sending a message. Question is: what exactly is that message? - which of course presents a whole bunch of questions in itself. Wouldn't it be nice if All current candidates provided their thoughts on issues and their thoughts for our future? I thought that's what campaigning was all about, but then what do I know?
Tim Costello October 02, 2012 at 03:51 AM
What if we were to do a write in, how would that work in this district ?
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:27 AM
Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1


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