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How do you find information about California candidates?

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The California Secretary of State publishes a Voter Information Guide prior to Election Day. In the guide published for the elections held in November 2014, the names and party affiliations of those running for statewide elected office were included along with short statements submitted by those candidates.

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Typically, local newspapers also publish voter guides that provide information on statewide candidates and local candidates alike. The Sacramento Bee, for instance, had a voter guide available on its website for the 2014 election. This guide allowed readers to submit their addresses for a personalized slate of candidates as well as the option to view detailed information about them.

Candidates generally also operate campaign websites, which can be a good resource for voters who wish to review the backgrounds and political positions of various candidates. Campaign websites also generally contain information regarding the people who have endorsed their candidacy.

Another source of information about candidates are debates and candidate forums. For example, two candidate forums were held before the March 2015 Los Angeles City Council District 14 runoff election in which the five candidates on the ballot for that office were able to come together to share their views and discuss their platforms.

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