- This guide provides nonpartisan information about candidates and local ballot measures.
- Santa Cruz Local does not endorse candidates or take positions on ballot measures. Read our ethics statement.
How this guide was made
In other newsrooms, reporters and editors decide the questions for candidates without necessarily consulting voters or residents. Since 2020, Santa Cruz Local has put the power in residents’ hands.
- This year, Santa Cruz Local visited public places around Santa Cruz County and asked hundreds of residents about their top concerns and questions for the candidates. We also conducted an online survey.
- Residents’ feedback informed the questions we asked candidates and helped guide our elections reporting.