Monday, November 5, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.
Last modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 0 08:30 a.m.

Here’s a few commonsense candidate recommendations, in select contests, for Riverside and San Bernardino County voters to consider.

U.S. Senate

Dianne Feinstein

To be blunt. Feinstein, who has represented California well, wins hands down.

U.S. House of Representatives

31st Congressional District

Congressman Gary Miller

Miller, who is running against State Senator and fellow Republican Bob Dutton in a newly configured district, bring 14-years of seniority and experience in the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress. Dutton, a good man, who is termed out in his current office, shortsightedly chose this contest to find a place to land.

35th Congressional District

Congressman Joe Baca

This is another termed-out politico looking for a place to go story.

Baca is being challenged by State Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod, who is termed-out in her current job. Baca’s many years of legislative experience at the state and federal level is key here.

He has done nothing to warrant being removed by voters.

41st Congressional District

John Tavaglione

Tavaglione has performed admirably as a member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

42nd Congressional District

Ken Calvert

Calvert is a veteran in Congress. And with republican control likely, Calvert’s seniority and experience will serve the area well.

State Assembly

40th Assembly District

Mike Morell

Republican Morrell is being challenged by Democrat Russ Warner. Simply put. Morrell has done nothing to warrant replacement.

47th Asembly District

Joe Baca, Jr.

This race is between former Assemblyman and Rialto City Councilman Joe Baca, Jr and Cheryl Brown. Both are Democrats.

Clearly, Baca brings more local and state legislative experience to the table.

Riverside County

Supervisor Bob Buster

Buster, who is being challenged by union-backed Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, has done a commendable job during his tenure on the board. His stand on pension reform has made county unions bristle.

San Bernardino County

Board of Supervisors –  1st District

Businessman Robert Lovingood

Unlike his opponent, Lovingood would bring real business experience to the county board. The other candidate in the race, Apple Valley Town Councilman Rick Roelle, is backed by county employee unions due to his commitment to protect their members pension and compensation packages.

Board of Supervisors – 3rd District

Supervisor Neil Derry

Derry is by far the most qualified. The former planning commissioner, city councilman and regional manager for Southern California Edison is being challenged by Former San Manuel Tribal Chairman and School Board Trustee James C. Ramos. Ramos is heavily-backed by Tribal gaming and county union money.

Ramos has presented only shallow positions that are lacking of any substance.

As with Riverside County’s Buster, employee unions oppose Derry due to his stance on pensions.

Measure Q – Yes

A sensible measure to provide comparable compensation for county supervisors.

Measure R – No

A county union-backed revenge driven measure that has legal problems built-in. Measure R is payback for county supervisors attempts to reign in compensation and benefits.