Yesterday was the last day* for candidates to file to run in California’s June 3 Primary Election. The races that will appear on the ballot for that election are the primaries for Assembly, State Senate, and Congress, as well as Superior Court judicial races, county Board of Education, county Supervisor, and party central committees.
I’m pleased to report we have a full slate of Democratic candidates in Orange County and a nearly full slate statewide. Check the list below the fold:
AD 56: Tony Mendoza (incumbent)
AD 60: Diane Singer
AD 67: Steve Blount
AD 68: Ken Arnold
AD 69: Jose Solorio (incumbent)
AD 70: Mike Glover
AD 71: Gil Hodges
AD 72: John MacMurray
AD 73: Judy Jones
SD 29: Joseph Lyons
SD 33: Gary Pritchard
SD 35: Ginny Mayer
CD 40: Christina Avalos and Tom Kennedy
CD 42: Ed Chau, Ron Shepston, and Michael Williamson
CD 44: Bill Hedrick
CD 46: Debbie Cook and Daniel Kalmick
CD 47: Loretta Sanchez (incumbent)
CD 48: Steve Young
I can already hear some of you saying, “So what? Other than the incumbents, few of these Democrats have much chance of winning.”
While it’s true that most of the non-incumbents face very uphill battles, to say the least, they’re performing important roles. They raise issues, keep their opponents on their toes, register voters, promote the Democratic Party, force Republicans to spend time and money on their own campaigns, and get Democratic voters to the polls. Most of them are highly qualified individuals who would do an excellent job representing us in Sacramento and Washington, DC.
We owe each of these candidates our thanks. They’ve already put forth a good deal of time and energy just getting their names on the ballot and they’ll be doing a lot more in the coming months. [Cue applause]
I’d also like to give a shout-out to the people involved in recruiting. (Since I’m one of them, I know how much work it is.) Many thanks (in no particular order) to the CDP’s Voter Services chair, Jim Wisely; DPOC Candidate Recruitment chair, Alicia Berhow; DPOC Executive Director, Melahat Rafiei; LACDP Political Director, Clark Lee; DCC Riverside chair, Shirley Walton; District Director for Senator Lou Correa, Tammy Tran; Field Director for Loretta Sanchez, Marc Sussman; and probably several others I don’t know about.
Apparently the CDP was able to find candidates for every partisan race in the state except CD 22 (Kevin McCarthy) and AD 4 (Ted Gaines).
* the deadline is extended to March 12 in races where the incumbent does not file.