Many voters Tuesday expressed relief that a campaign season filled with record expenditures and negative political ads was drawing to an end.
With epic battles to replace
Voters at polls in
"Anyone who spends millions and millions of her own money is suspect," Yadhira De Leon said after voting at Burbank City Hall.
Still, she said negative ads this year weren't all without merit.
"We want to know the dirt, not just the good, shiny stuff, too," De Leon said.
Local campaigns for the 43rd Assembly District and the 29th Congressional District have been relatively subdued compared with the larger state battles, in part because Democratic incumbents in both races enjoy a left-leaning electorate in their respective districts.
Outside the polling station at Temple Sinai in Glendale, Armand Garabidian said he could barely recall the name of Rep.
And Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto faced a late-in-the-game campaign from his Republican challenger, Sunder Ramani. Ramani, who lost in the June special election, did not begin campaigning for today's election until August.
Still, Glendale and Burbank had prominent roles on the larger stump stage this year, with President Obama and his wife reaching out to Latino voters in separate Spanish-language radio interviews in downtown Glendale, and Whitman and Republican Lt. Gov.
Whitman also pledged to support entertainment jobs during a stop at
But for all the stumping, Burbank voter Caitlin Muelder said the two former executives failed to give a clear picture of how they would lead the state.
Why not first spend those millions on charity, she asked, "so that your actions prove your record."
As for the ballot propositions, those that would legalize and tax marijuana sales and postpone landmark global warming legislation were foremost on many voters' minds.
Garabidian said he voted against
But others, like De Leon, said she voted for the proposition despite her fears of how it would mesh with federal law.
"I just think it's about time," she said.
As for Proposition 23, which would indefinitely suspend