Election voter’s guide: what’s on the ballot?

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- It's Election Day across the state, and with so many races and initiatives, Eyewitness News would like to help citizens keep track.

Among the hotly contested races are the governor's seat led by Gov. Jerry Brown and republican challengers Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari in a pack of 15 contenders.

The 21st district seat in congress is being pursued by incumbent Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, and democrats Amanda Renteria and John Hernandez.

Incumbents Andy Vidak, Rudy Salas and Shannon Grove are also facing challenges.

Locally, Bakersfield Councilman Russell Johnson, Lupe Esquivias and Jon Lifquist are vying for the opportunity to be county assessor.

A scan of the ballot revealed over a half dozen positions like the DA and Sheriff, all ran unopposed.

There were also two propositions:

Prop. 41 would give authorize 600 million dollars for use in providing low income veteran housing and to bring homeless vets off the street.

Prop. 42 proposes the state constitution be amended to require local governments to comply with state public-access. It also cuts the state reimbursement to local governments for the costs they incur while complying.

This is also the first year the state is using a "top-two system" in terms of partisan elections.

In the primary elections, it is now possible for the top-two vote recipients to belong to the same party and would square-off against each other in the November elections.