Santa Cruz Local’s guide to the March 5 primary election
Santa Cruz Local’s Election Guide provides nonpartisan information on all of the Santa Cruz County candidates and ballot measures in the March 5 election. Santa Cruz Local is a nonprofit news outlet that does not endorse candidates or take positions on ballot measures. Read our ethics statement.
This Election Guide explains the races for Santa Cruz County Supervisor and Santa Cruz City Council, as well as ballot measures in Santa Cruz County.
How this guide was made
At other news outlets, reporters and editors decide the questions for candidates without necessarily consulting voters or residents. Santa Cruz Local puts the power in voters’ hands.
- In 2023, Santa Cruz Local surveyed and interviewed more than 350 residents about their concerns and questions for the candidates.
- Residents’ feedback informed the questions we asked candidates and helped guide our elections reporting.
- Read an Editor’s Note about key features of this guide.
Donors and donations in Santa Cruz County races.
State and regional races
The CalMatters Voter Guide has information on Proposition 1 and the roles of a state assemblymember, state senator, U.S. representative and U.S. senator.