While voters will deliberate on who the next governor will be and who is better suited to take on Barbara Boxer in the November election, a few local contests will be up for grabs on Tuesday.
Four Republicans are competing for the right to challenge Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, and five more Republicans are shooting for the 14th Senate District seat being vacated this year by Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto.
But the most contentious item on the ballot stands to be Measure C, which would repeal Measure V, which was approved by voters in 2008. Tuesday's measure would allow the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District to assess a groundwater charge to finance infrastructure to pump water out of the Mokelumne River.
In most of the Lodi area's legislative races, Republicans and Democrats alike have no challengers in Tuesday's primary election. Look at the 10th Assembly District, which will be hotly contested and could go down to the wire in November.
But it isn't hotly contested yet. That's because incumbent Democrat Alyson Huber and Republican challenger Jack Sieglock are unopposed for their party's nominations.
The same is true in the 15th and 26th Assembly districts. In the 15th, which includes Galt and Thornton, incumbent Democrat Joan Buchanan will face a rematch with Republican Abram Wilson in November. In the 26th, which includes Lockeford, Clements, Morada and parts of Victor and Acampo, incumbent Republican Bill Berryhill will face Democrat Tim Weintz.
And in Galt's congressional race, Republican Dan Lungren and Democrat Ami Bera are unchallenged in the primary. Galt's state senator, Republican Dave Cox, has two years remaining on his term.
But in at least of the two contested races affected Lodi-area voters, Republican candidates are fighting tooth and nail trying to convince voters that they are the best-qualified to serve.
In the 11th Congressional District, which includes the entire Lodi area, Republicans Tony Amador of Lodi, Elizabeth Emken of Danville, Brad Goehring of Clements and David Harmer of San Ramon are fighting to the finish. The survivor among these four will take on McNerney, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
And in the 14th Senate District, Tom Berryhill of Oakdale, Tim Campi of Manteca, Bret de St. Jeor of Modesto, Heidi Fuller of Columbia and Tom Marsella of Fresno are locking horns in Tuesday's election. Democrat Larry Johnson of Fresno is unopposed and awaits the Republican survivor.
Tuesday's ballot contains two other local contests. In San Joaquin County, county Sheriff Steve Moore is being challenged by retired Lt. Robert Moreno. And in Galt, long-time Supervisor Don Nottoli of Galt is challenged by Lovie Kirkland of Wilton.
Galt voters will vote on a new sheriff in Sacramento County. Jim Cooper, Bret Daniels and Scott Jones hope to replace the retiring John McGinness.
This story was updated at 9:40 a.m. June 8, 2010, to correct the name of Bill Berryhill's opponent and the name of the 14th Senate District.