California's 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 16th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Jim Costa Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 16th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Jim Costa (D) and Johnny Tacherra (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3. Costa is expected to easily win re-election in November due to his incumbency and the district's Democratic alignment.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 7, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: California is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).[6]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Jim Costa (D), who was first elected in 2004.

California's 16th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Merced County and southern Madera County.[7]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jim Costa
Republican Party Johnny Tacherra


June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Jim Costa - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party Job Melton
Republican Party Joanna Botelho[8]
Republican Party Steve Crass
Republican Party Mel Levey
Republican Party Johnny Tacherra[9] Approveda

Withdrew

Democratic Party Loraine Goodwin

Primary results

U.S. House, California District 16 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Costa Incumbent 44.3% 25,586
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohnny Tacherra 21.7% 12,542
     Republican Steve Crass 15.4% 8,877
     Republican Mel Levey 7.9% 4,565
     Republican Joanna Garcia-Botelho 6.6% 3,827
     Democratic Job Melton 4.1% 2,370
Total Votes 57,767
Source: California Secretary of State

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[10] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[11] Jim Costa voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[13] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Jim Costa voted for HR 2775.[14]

Campaign contributions

Jim Costa

Jim Costa (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 12, 2013$210,609.24$30,260.00$(68,053.32)$172,815.92
July Quarterly[16]July 11, 2013$172,815.92$137,765.00$(66,887.28)$243,693.64
October Quarterly[17]October 10, 2013$243,693.64$73,364.23$(46,228.54)$270,829.33
Year-End[18]January 13, 2014$270,829$360,058$(76,575)$554,312
April Quarterly[19]April 12, 2014$554,312$145,540$(57,313)$642,539
Pre-Primary[20]May 23, 2014$642,539$48,750$(63,666)$627,622
July Quarterly[21]July 10, 2014$627,622$172,004$(39,868)$759,759
Running totals
$967,741.23$(418,591.14)

Johnny Tacherra

Johnny Tacherra (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2013$0.00$3,600.27$(1,434.51)$2,165.76
Year-End[23]January 31, 2014$2,165$10,154$(10,504)$1,815
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$1,815$31,412$(20,103)$13,124
Pre-Primary[25]May 17, 2014$13,124$46,846$(50,025)$9,944
July Quarterly[26]July 15, 2014$9,944$22,370$(15,780)$16,534
Running totals
$114,382.27$(97,846.51)

Joanna Botelho

Joanna Botelho (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[27]October 15, 2013$0.00$700.00$(0.00)$700.00
Year-End[28]January 23, 2014$700$6,876$(4,169)$3,407
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2014$3,407$15,085$(8,627)$9,864
Pre-Primary[30]May 22, 2014$9,864$3,540$(7,994)$5,410
Running totals
$26,201$(20,790)

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Botelho's committee owed $14,500 in outstanding loans to Joanna Botelho.

Steve Crass

Steve Crass (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2014$0$109,570$(36,169)$73,400
Pre-Primary[32]May 22, 2014$73,400$26,707$(37,985)$62,121
Running totals
$136,277$(74,154)

Mel Levey

Mel Levey (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[33]January 28, 2014$0$23,000$(4,455)$18,544
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$18,544$11,233$(19,580)$10,197
Pre-Primary[35]May 22, 2014$10,197$1,950$(3,236)$8,911
Running totals
$36,183$(27,271)

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Levey's committee owed $10,000 in outstanding loans to Mel Levey.

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Jim Costa (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Brian Daniel Whelan in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Costa Incumbent 57.4% 84,649
     Republican Brian Daniel Whelan 42.6% 62,801
Total Votes 147,450
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Zoe Lofgren won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Daniel Sahagun (R) and Edward Gonzalez (L) in the general election.[36]

U.S. House, California District 16 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngZoe Lofgren incumbent 67.8% 105,841
     Republican Daniel Sahagun 24.3% 37,913
     Libertarian Edward Gonzalez 7.9% 12,304
Total Votes 156,058

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
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  7. California Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  8. Photo submission to Ballotpedia, October 19, 2013
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  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
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  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  22. Federal Election Commission, "Johnny Tacherra October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Johnny Tacherra Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Johnny Tacherra April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
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  27. Federal Election Commission, "Joanna Botelho October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Joanna Botelho Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Joanna Botelho April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
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  31. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Crass April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Crass Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
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  34. Federal Election Commission, "Mel Levey April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
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  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013