Monterey County Farm Bureau

Voter Guide

Candidate Endorsements

For California Assembly, District 30, Monterey County Farm Bureau endorses Vicki Nohrden. Aligning with the local farm and ranch community, Vicki’s priorities include economic development and sustaining a business environment that improves our farm and ranch economy, responsible and affordable healthcare, improving our energy grid to ensure reliance to achieve state climate goals, and addressing the homeless problem plaguing many of our communities.

“California is now being recognized as one of the worst places to do business in the nation. It’s also lacking a business-friendly environment continually introducing restrictive regulations, increasing taxes, and state control,” Vicki states in reaction to Sacramento policy-making.  This includes farmers and ranchers under a heavy burden of regulatory compliance who provide food for our dinner tables each day.

Learn more about Vicki Nohrden here.

For United States Congress, CA District 18, Monterey County Farm Bureau endorses Peter Hernandez. In his interview with Directors of our Farm Bureau, Peter stated that he believes in policies that support law enforcement and community safety, tackling inflationary pressures due to overspending by government, and supports improving our immigration policies for fairness and the farm employment sector.

“Farmers and their families who grow the food we depend on are being threatened with closure due to overarching government reach on traditional fertilization practices in the name of the environment. The policies being pushed upon them are threatening their ability to maintain production and make ends meet threatening closure. I will fight to maintain farmers autonomy and support farmer’s choice policies,” Peter states about our domestic food supply.

Learn more about Peter Hernandez here.

For Monterey County Supervisor, District 2, Monterey County Farm Bureau endorses Glenn Church. As Glenn is a farmer of Christmas trees, he is aware of the challenges facing farmers and ranchers in our County, as well as our state.  Glenn also is involved in his community, helping to promote fire safety as the President of the Fire Safe Council, member of two grange halls, and donates to community organizations.  He is a life-long resident of North County, and understands the challenges that residents and businesses in District 2 realize each day.

Glenn is also the author of Humbled: How California's Monterey Bay Escaped Industrial Ruin which details an important part of Monterey County history from the perspective of his father’s service as a Supervisor in the 1960s.  This perspective and the narrative show how our community’s heritage will influence Glenn’s decisions as a Supervisor, putting Monterey County first.

“Small businesses and small farmers face unnecessary regulations and delays unrelated to health, safety and environmental matters. Many of these problems are wrapped into the permit process and code enforcement, which are applied unevenly and with some unnecessary or outdated regulations,” Glenn states when reflecting on issues important to economic development and Agriculture as our County’s most important economic driver.  Learn more about Glenn Church here.

Monterey County Farm Bureau endorses Brian Dahle for Governor of California. Brian's vision for a better California inlcudes support for farmers and ranchers, as he is a farmer himself.  "Californians have endured some of the worst years in California’s history, and shouldn’t have to endure 4 more. Skyrocketing food and gas prices, the highest crime rate in decades, the poorest education rates in the nation, deadly wildfires, and some of the highest cost of living in the nation are no longer acceptable. Californians deserve actual solutions to the problems his administration has created using new strategies, fresh voices, and outstanding leadership that refuses to pander to bureaucracy and won’t be bought by special interests. Below I’ve put together a detailed, yet concise overview of my plan for California. Together, we can restore the California dream for our children and grand children."  Learn more about Brian Dahle here.

California Ballot Propositions - November General Election

Proposition 1 - Right to Reproductive Freedom
The reproductive privacy act gives every individual the fundamental right to privacy
concerning personal reproductive decisions. It prohibits the state from denying or interfering
with a person's right to choose or obtain an abortion.

Proposition 26 - Legalize Sports Betting on American Indian Lands
Allows federally recognized Native American tribes to operate roulette, dice games, and
online sporting wagering on tribal lands. This allows on-site sports wagering at only privately
operated horse-race tracks in four specified counties for persons 21 and older. It also
imposes a 10% tax on sports-wagering profits at horse-race tracks.

Proposition 27 - Legalize Sports Betting and Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Fund
Allows online and mobile sports wagering and imposes a 10% tax on sports wagering and
licensing fees. 85% of taxes will be allocated to homelessness, mental health, and addiction.
The remaining 15% of taxes collected will be issued to non-participating tribes.

Proposition 28 - Art and Music PK-12 Funding
Provides Additional Funding for arts and music education in public schools. Schools with 500
or more students must spend at least 80% of funding on employing teachers and the
remainder on training, supplies, and education partnerships. Increased spending will range
from $800 million to $1 billion annually.

Proposition 29 - Kidney Dialysis Rule Reforms
Requires on-site licensed medical professionals at kidney dialysis clinics and establishes
other state requirements. Requires physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant with
six months of relevant experience on-site during treatment at outpatient kidney dialysis

Proposition 30 - Wealth Tax to Support Clean Air Programs
Provides funding to programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by
increasing the tax on personal income over $2 million. The 80% of taxes will be allocated to
Zev Programs, which include payments to help buy new vehicles and charging stations. The
remaining 20% will be spent on wildfire response and prevention.

Proposition 31 - Overturn Flavored Tobacco Ban
In 2020 Senate Bill 793 was signed into law; it prohibits in-person stores and vending
machines from selling most flavored tobacco products. This proposition is a referendum
against SB 793. A no vote repeals the law, and a yes vote upholds the law.

Local Ballot Initiatives - November General Election

Measure G – Salinas Elementary School District

Neighborhood Elementary School Repair & Improvement Bond - $74.5 Million (requires 55% approval)

Measure H – Salinas Elementary School District

Student Safety, School Security, and Classroom Modernization Bond - $75 Million (requires 55% approval)

Measure J – City of Monterey

Cannabis Business License Tax – 6%/8% - $604,000 to $1.3 Million (requires 50% approval)

Measure K – Washington Union School District

Bonds - $13.5 Million (requires 55% approval)

Measure L – Sand City

Community Improvement Measure – 0.5% Sales Tax Increase (requires 50% approval)

Measure N – City of Pacific Grove

Cannabis Business Tax – 6% - $300,000

Measure Q – Safe, Affordable, Quality Childcare In Monterey County Act

Parcel tax of $49 per parcel per year for 10 years.  $5.5 Million annual revenue.