Tuesday is Election Day, and while the 25th Con­gres­sional District race be­tween Rep. Steve Knight and Democrat Katie Hill has garnered na­tio­nal at­ten­tion for the amount of outside money spent, An­tel­ope Valley voters will also have three bond meas­ures to consider, the Palm­dale City Council and mayor seats to decide, sev­eral school boards to fill, and two seats on the Palm­dale Water District board to consider. Rep. Kevin Mc­Car­thy and As­sem­bly­man Tom Lackey are also running for re-election.

An estimated $15 mil­lion in outside money has been spent in the 25th Con­gressional District race, including $4.5 mil­lion from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloom­berg’s In­de­pendence USA PAC in sup­port of Hill, according to a report by politico.com. The web­site reported Knight’s sup­port­ers have spent just over $4.6 million in the race including $3.4 million opposing Hill.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Ba­kers­field, who rep­re­sents the 23rd Con­gres­sional District, will face Democrat Tatiana Matta on Tuesday. According to five­thirtyeight.com, Matta has less than a 0.1% chance of beating McCarthy. The 23rd Congressional Dis­trict is 27.1 points more Re­­publican than the nation over­all, and is the 92nd-most-Republican district, the website said. By com­par­­ison, the website put Hill’s chance at beating Knight at 63%.

In the 36th Assembly District race Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, will face off against Demo­crat Steve Fox.

Fox cost taxpayers $210,000 to settle sexual har­­as­s­ment and work-re­lated claims during his first and only term in state office. The Palmdale attorney, a former Antelope Valley Hos­pit­al and Antelope Valley Col­­lege board member, served as the Antelope Val­ley’s assemblyman from 2012 to 2014. Two former staff members sued Fox, including one who filed a claim of harassment, dis­crimination and retali­ation. The Assembly agreed in April 2017 to pay $100,000 on that claim.

The Assembly also paid $110,000 to settle a lawsuit filed against Fox by another former staffer who claimed she was not paid for overtime work and had to do work for his legal practice while on the state payroll.

In the city of Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford will face two challengers on Election Day: Councilman Steve Hofbauer, and V. Jesse Smith, co-founder of The Community Action League.

Ledford, who is seeking a 14th term, is due in court on Feb. 11 in his criminal corruption case. The mayor faces five felony counts in the case in which he and two co-defendants are accused of conspiring to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars in NASA funds from a Palmdale-based nonprofit edu­cational organization the co-defendants ran.

Prosecutors allege Led­ford was paid $60,000 a year without performing any substantial work for the organization, the AERO In­stitute.

Ledford pleaded not guilty to the charges on Aug. 22, more than a year after the charges were initially filed June 21, 2017, as the ar­raignment was postponed six times. Additional charges were filed in January.

Palmdale City Coun­cilman Juan Carrillo, who represents Council District 4, will face challenger Oscar Aleman, a Palmdale businessman and former Planning Commissioner.

In the local school board races 39 peoole are seeking 24 seats on nine school boards.

Antelope Valley College has one seat up for election, the Trustee Area No. 2 seat held by Steve Buffalo. Buffalo will face challengers Miguel Coronado, a profes­sor/counselor/entrepreneur, and Byron Glennan, a re­tired educator.

Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District has three full-term seats up for election, and one short-term, two-year seat.

Incumbents Kelly Jensen, Ken Pfalzgraf, and Ed Por­ter will face challengers Tom Costan, Andrew Charles Ken­dall, and Lester Mas­con. Retired district teacher Tim Jorgensen, Agua Dulce res­i­dent Dee Holland, prop­erty manager Allen Wessel; and small business owner Brandon Tyler Roque are running for the short-term seat.

Acton-Agua Dulce voters will also consider Measure CK, the 7.5 million school im­prove­ment bond measure. The bond measure, if suc­cess­ful, Measure CK, will provide funding for the district to complete safe­ty im­provements and mod­ern­ization of the Acton, Agua Dulce, Meadowlark Ele­men­tary and High Desert Mid­dle school campuses; and construct tennis courts and basketball courts at Vasquez High School.

The bond funds also would provide the dis­trict matching funds to po­ten­tially secure up to $3.1 million in state School Fa­cil­ity Program Mod­ern­iza­tion grants for work at Mead­ow­lark and High Des­ert schools.

At least 55% of voters on Nov. 6 need to say “yes” to Measure CK for the bond to pass.

Antelope Valley Union High School District Board President Michael Dutton will face challenger Victoria Ruffin in the race to retain his Trustee Area No. 5 seat.

The high school district has one other seat up for election: Trustee Area Nos. 4. a new seat created last year when the district transitioned to a by-trustee area election system. This contest will see Amanda Parrell, a Palmdale School District PTA leader, face off against Juan Blanco, a U.S. Army veteran and retired communication technician.

In the Eastside Union School District incumbent Doretta Thompson, who represents Trustee Area 1, will face challenger Wayne M. Kalliomaa in the race to retain her seat.

Keppel Union School District incumbents Jan­nie Dutton and Theresa McCaf­ferty will be challenged by former trustee Georgia Hal­liman, and community vol­un­teer Christopher Minsal.

Palmdale School Dis­trict board President Nancy Smith, appointed incum­bent Ralph Velador, and in­cum­bent Joyce Ricks will face challengers Simone Zulu, a retired preschool teach­er, Vajezatha Payne, a licensed psychotherapist, and Dave Markov, a substitute teacher.

Westside Union School District incumbent John Curiel and appointed incumbent Jennifer Navarro will face challengers Amaka Donn, an adjunct instructor at AV College, retired teacher Billy Lindoff, and businessman and educator Travis K. Wilson.

Wilsona School District in­cumbents Robert Harris and Anne Misicka will face chal­lenger Kathy Harris and retired teacher David M. Lewis in the three-seat race.

Wilsona School District is also pursuing Measure WE, a $6.5 million bond measure that will help with safety improvements at the district office and schools. The measure will require 67% voter approval to pass.

In the Palmdale Water District Division 2 in­cumbent Joe Estes will face challen­ger Don Wil­son, a school personnel com­mis­sioner. Division 5 in­cum­bent Vincent Dino will face chal­len­ger Sheik Aslam, a teacher.

The Antelope Valley Health­care District race for two seats has three can­did­ates: incumbent Dr. Don Parazo, appointed in­cum­bent Dr. Phil Tuso, and frequent, though unsuc­cess­ful candidate Michael Rives.

Voters will also consider Measure H, AV Healthcare District’s $350 million gen­eral obligation bond measure that will ensure the hospital meets California’s 2030 seis­mic earthquake safety stan­dards by upgrading the ex­isting hospital or building a new state-of-the-art facility.

Southern Kern Unified School District will see 13 can­didates vie for a seat on the board. Three four-year seats are up for elec­tion. The 10 candidates who filed are incumbent Mario Gutierrez, appointed in­cum­bent David Gregg, and chal­lengers Robert Vin­celette Jr., Elizabeth Aq­en­enni, Jim Bender, Linda Brandts, Jonathan Comp­ton, Brian George, Naomi Novak, and Corthel “Corky” Robinson.

Three candidates filed for Southern Kern’s two-year, unexpired seat: Carol Robinson, Gerald Boetsch Jr., and Mark Notterman.

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