State and Federal Governments
At the state level, almost all of Arden Arcade is represented in the State Assembly by Kevin McCarty (District 6), with a few residences north of Del Paso Park and east of Watt between Business 80 and the Auburn Blvd off-ramp mini-freeway represented by Josh Hoover (District 7). Our State Senator is currently Roger Niello, District 6. The Assembly seat is for a 2-year term; it is contested every even-numbered year. The Senate seat is for a 4-year term that will next be contested in 2026. Each of the 80 State Assembly Representatives serves around 465,000 people. Each of the 40 State Senators represents over 930,000 people. Members of the Legislature are subject to term limits. Under current state law, members first elected in 2012 and thereafter may only serve a total of 12 years in any combination of 2-year State Assembly or 4-year State Senate terms. The 12-year limit applies to both of Arden Arcade’s incumbents.
At the federal level, the most recent census-driven redistricting resulted in Arden Arcade finally being represented in the House of Representatives in Congress by one person, Ami Bera of the 7th District. The previously gerrymandered congressional districts split some of Arden Arcade’s unincorporated area neighborhoods as though the neighborhoods do not exist. That situation was both confusing and frustrating for residents of Arden Arcade. Still, it is a challenge for Arden Arcade’s nearly 100,000 people to be heard, given that each Congressional Representative serves over 700,000 constituents. Congressional representatives serve 2-year terms that are contested every even year.
Arden Arcade is also served by two California Senators who each serve 6-year terms. One of the Senate seats was contested in 2016, due to the retirement of Senator Barbara Boxer. The election was won by Senator Kamala Harris, who is now the Vice-President. The Governor appointed the Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, to replace her. He served until 2022, when the seat was up for election to a full term - an election that he won. The other seat, occupied by Senator Dianne Feinstein, will be next contested in 2024.
At the state level, the statewide elected officials of the executive branch are the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Controller, Insurance Commissioner and State Schools Superintendant. Arden Arcade is part of the State Board of Equalization’s 30-county First District, a massive district of some 10 million people that runs from the Oregon border to San Bernardino County.
The President and Vice President are elected officials of the federal executive branch.
State Superior Court Judges are typically appointed by the Governor to 6-year terms. They may appear on the ballot if they are challenged for reappointment. State Appellate and Supreme Court justices are appointed to 12-year terms. They stand for retention at completion of their terms, when voters are given a chance to vote “yes” or “no” on their reappointment. Federal justices are appointed to life terms. They do not stand for election.