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Ronald Reagan for Governor - 1966

ELECTION CALENDAR:
Filing Deadline: December 8, 2023 (Dec 13 for Open Seats)
Filing Deadline (Write-Ins): February 20, 2024
Primary: March 5, 2024
CANDIDATE DIRECTORY LEGEND:
Bold = Active Candidate
Italics = Potential Candidate
* = Incumbent
won = Winner
(Incumbent Party Listed First)

This page was last updated on May 22, 2024


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS:

GOVERNOR:
Gavin Newsom (D)* - Term-Limited in 2026. ]
Toni Atkins (D) - State Senate President Pro Tempore & Ex-State House Speaker

Xavier Becerra (D) - US Health Secretary, Ex-Attorney General & Ex-Congressman
Chad Bianco (R) - Riverside County Sheriff
Rob Bonta (D) - Attorney General, Ex-State Assemblyman & Ex-Alameda City Councilman
Laphonza Butler (D) - US Senator & Ex-State Labor Union President

Michael Huizar (R)
Raymond Jenkins (G)
Eleni Kounalakis (D) - Lt Governor, Ex-US Ambassador & Businesswoman
Tony Thurmond (D) - State SPI, Ex-State Assemblyman & Ex-Richmond City Councilman

Antonio Villaraigosa (D) - Ex-Los Angeles Mayor, Ex-State Assembly Speaker & '18 Candidate

Betty Yee (D) - Ex-State Controller & Ex-State Board of Equalization Member

Jerry Waldie for Governor - 1974

Next State Constitutional Officer Elections in 2026.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:
[ Eleni Kounalakis (D)* - Candidate for Governor in 2026. ] 
Frank Bigelow (R) - Ex-State Assemblyman, Ex-Madera County Supervisor & Rancher 

Steve Bradford (D) - State Sen. & Ex-Gardena City Councilman 

Autumn Burke (D) - Ex-State Assemblywoman & Lobbyist 
Ian Calderon (D) - Ex-State Assembly Majority Leader
Bill Dodd (D) - State Sen., Ex-State Assemblyman & Ex-Napa County Supervisor
Susan Eggman (D) - State Sen., Ex-Stockton City Councilor, Social Worker & Army Veteran 
David Fennell (R) - Businessman & Frequent Candidate   
Steve Glazer (D) - State Sen., Ex-Orinda City Councilman & '22 State Controller Candidate  
Brian Jones (R) - State Senate Minority Leader, Ex-State Assemblyman & Ex-Santee Councilman 
Kerry Lewis (R) - Self-Employed

Fiona Ma (D) - State Treasurer, Ex-Equalization Member & Ex-State Assemblywoman

Chad Mayes (NPP) - Ex-State Assemblyman, Ex-Yucca Valley Mayor & Ex-Republican
Melissa Melendez (R) - Ex-State Sen., Businesswoman & Navy Veteran
Josh Newman (D) - State Sen., Nonprofit Executive & Army Veteran
Patrick O'Donnell (D) - Ex-State Assemblyman, Ex-Long Beach Councilman & Ex-Teacher
Anthony Rendon (D) - State Assembly Speaker & Ex-Nonprofit Executive 
Scott Wilk (R) - State Sen. & Ex-State Assemblyman

SECRETARY OF STATE:
Shirley Weber (D)* - (Campaign Site)

STATE CONTROLLER:
Malia Cohen (D)* - (Campaign Site)

John Briggs for Governor - 1978

STATE TREASURER:
Fiona Ma (D)* - Candidate foir Lieutenant Governor in 2026. ]
Andrew Do (R) - Orange County Supervisor, Ex-Garden Grove City Councilman & '22 Candidate
Ricardo Lara (D) - State Insurance Commissioner, Ex-State Sen. & Ex-Legislative Aide
Anthony Rendon (D) - Ex-State Assembly Speaker & Ex-Nonprofit Executive

Libby Schaaf (D) - Ex-Oakland Mayor, Ex-Oakland City Councilwoman & Attorney

Nancy Skinner (D) - State Sen., Ex-State Assemblywoman & Ex-Berkeley City Councilor
Phil Ting (D) - State Assemblyman & Ex-San Francisco Assessor-Recorder
Tony Vazquez (D) - State Board of Equalization Member & Ex-Santa Monica Mayor
Yvonne Yiu (D) - Monterey Park Councilwoman, Financial Executive & '22 St Controller Candidate

ATTORNEY GENERAL:
Rob Bonta (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Darrell Steinberg (D) - Sacramento Mayor, Ex-State Senate President Pro Tem & Attorney

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER:
 Ricardo Lara (D)* - Term-Limited in 2026. ]
Tom Daly (D) - Ex-State Assemblyman, Ex-Orange County Clerk & Ex-Anaheim Mayor 

Mike McGuire (D) - State Senate President, Ex-Sonoma Co Supervisor & Ex-Healdsburg Mayor

Richard Roth (D) - State Sen., Attorney & Retired USAF Major General

Peter Camejo for Governor

STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION:
(Note: Superintendent is a Non-Partisan Positition)
Tony Thurmond (D)* - Candidate for Governor in 2026. ]
Connie Leyva (D) - Ex-State Sen. & Ex-California Labor Federation President


Barbara Boxer for US Senate - 1992

STATE LEGISLATURE:

State Assembly - (Democratic Caucus - Republican Caucus)

State Senate
- (Democratic Caucus - Republican Caucus)


U.S. SENATOR:

2024 ELECTION - FULL TERM:
[ Laphonza Butler (D)* - Not a Candidate in 2024. ]
Steve Garvey (R) - Retired Pro Baseball Player & Businessman
Adam Schiff (D) - Congressman, Ex-State Sen. & Attorney

2024 SPECIAL ELECTION - PARTIAL TERM:
[ Laphonza Butler (D)* - Not a Candidate in 2024. ]
Steve Garvey (R) - Retired Pro Baseball Player & Businessman
Adam Schiff (D) - Congressman, Ex-State Sen. & Attorney

Sonny Bono for US Senate 1992

Alex Padilla (D)* - (Campaign Site- Next Election in 2028.


U.S. CONGRESS:

District 1:
Doug LaMalfa (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Rose Penelope Yee (D) - Financial Advisor

District 2:
Jared Huffman (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Chris Coulombe (R) - Cannabis Industry Executive, Army Veteran & '22 Candidate

Tony Coelho for Congress - 1978

District 3:
Kevin Kiley (R)* - (Campaign Site
Jessica Morse (D) - State Natural Resources Deputy Secy, Ex-USAID Official & '18 Nominee

District 4:
Mike Thompson (D)* - (Campaign Site)
John Munn (R) - Ex-Davis School Board Member, Retired Scientist & Frequent Candidate

District 5:
Tom McClintock (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Mike Barkley (D) - Attorney, Accountant, Navy Veteran & Frequent Candidate

District 6:
Ami Bera (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Chris Bish (R) - Realtor, Financial Investigator & '20/'22 Candidate

Ron Dellums for Congress

District 7:
Doris Matsui (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Tom Silva (R) - Ex-Galt School Board Trustee, Businessman & Iraq War Veteran

District 8:
John Garamendi (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Rudy Recile (R) - Businessman, Retired Army Officer, MAGA Activist & '22 Candidate

District 9:
Josh Harder (D)* -  (Campaign Site)
Kevin Lincoln (R) - Stockton Mayor, Pastor & USAF/USMC Veteran

District 10:
Mark DeSaulnier (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Katherine Piccinini (R) - Property Manager, GOP Activist & '22 Candidate

Tom Ammiano for San Francisco Mayor

District 11:
Nancy Pelosi (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Bruce Lou (R) - Career Coach & Software Engineer

District 12:
Barbara Lee (D)* - Lost Primary for US Senate in 2024. ]
Lateefah Simon (D) - BART Board Member, Ex-CSU Trustee & Nonprofit Executive
Jennifer Tran (D) - College Professor & Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce President

District 13:
John Duarte (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Adam Gray (D) - Ex-State Assemblyman, Ex-Congressional Aide & '22 Candidate

District 14:
Eric Swalwell (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Vin Kruttiventi (R) - Technology Consultant, Engineer & Community Activist

Chris Cox for Congress

District 15:
Kevin Mullin (D)* -  (Campaign Site)
Anna Cheng Kramer (R) - Retired Real Estate Investment Director & GOP Activist

District 16:
[ Anna Eshoo (D)* - Retiring in 2024. ]
Sam Liccardo (D) - Ex-San Jose Mayor & Ex-City Councilman
Evan Low (D) - State Assemblyman & Ex-Campbell City Councilman

District 17:
Ro Khanna (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Anita Chen (R) - Teacher

District 18:
Zoe Lofgren (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Peter Hernandez (R) - Ex-San Benito County Supervisor, Shaved Ice Shop Owner & '22 Candidate

Gray Davis for Governor - 1998

District 19:
Jimmy Panetta (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Jason Anderson (R) - Auto Repair Shop Owner

District 20:
Vince Fong (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Mike Boudreaux (R) - Tulare County Sheriff

District 21:
Jim Costa (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Michael Maher (R) - Businessman, Ex-FBI Agent & Navy Veteran & '22 Candidate

District 22:
David Valadao (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Rudy Salas (D) - Ex-State Assemblyman, Ex-Bakersfield City Councilman & '22 Candidate

Jerry Brown for Oakland Mayor - 1998

District 23:
Jay Obernolte (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Derek Marshall (D) - Progressive Political Organizer, Ex-Tech Executive & '22 Candidate

District 24:
Salud Carbajal (D)* (Campaign Site)
Thomas Cole (R) - Retired Real Estate Developer & Conservative Activist

District 25:
Raul Ruiz (D)*
 - (Campaign Site)
Ian Weeks (R) - Financial Planner & '22 Assembly Nominee

District 26:
Julia Brownley (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Michael Koslow (R) - Retired Federal DOD Special Agent & USAF Veteran

Dianne Feinstein for San Francisco Supervisor - 1969

District 27:
Mike Garcia (R)* - (Campaign Site)
George Whitesides (D) - Ex-NASA Chief of Staff & Ex-Virgin Galactic CEO 

District 28:
Judy Chu (D)* - (Campaign Site)
April Verlato (R) - Arcadia Mayor & Attorney

District 29:
[ Tony Cardenas (D)* - Retiring in 2024. ]
Benny Bernal (R) - Retired Labor Union Official & Frequent Candidate
Luz Rivas (D) - State Assemblywoman, Nonprofit Founder & Electrical Engineer

District 30:
Adam Schiff (D)* - Candidate for US Senate in 2024. ]
Alex Balekian (R) - Physician
Laura Friedman (D) - State Assemblywoman & Ex-Glendale City Councilwoman 

Arianna Huffington Governor - 2003

District 31:
[ Grace Napolitano (D)* - Retiring in 2024. ]
Gil Cisneros (D) - Ex-Congressman, Ex-US Under Secy of Defense, Philanthropist & Navy Veteran

Dan Martinez (R) - Attorney

District 32:
Brad Sherman (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Larry Thompson (R) - Attorney, Talent Manager & '20 Candidate

District 33:
Pete Aguilar (D)* - (House Democratic Caucus Chair Site) - (Campaign Site)
Tom Herman (R) - Church Administrator, Realtor & Property Manager

District 34:
Jimmy Gomez (D)*
- (Campaign Site)
David Kim (D) - Movie Executive, Attorney, Neighborhood Council Member & '20/'22 Candidate

Peace & Freedom Party

District 35:
Norma Torres (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Mike Cargile (R) - Independent Filmmaker, Army Veteran & '20/'22 Candidate

District 36:
Ted Lieu (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Melissa Toomim (R) - Businesswoman, Actress, Writer, MAGA Activist & '22 Candidate

District 37:
Sydney Kamlager (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Juan Rey (WCP) - Train Mechanic

District 38:
Linda Sanchez (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Eric Ching (R) - Walnut City Councilman, Businessman & '22 Candidate

David Bergland for US Senate 1980

District 39:
Mark Takano (D)* - (Campaign Site)
David Serpa (R) - Businessman, USMC Veteran & '22 Candidate

District 40:
Young Kim (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Joe Kerr (D) - Retired Fire Captain & '22 State Sen Candidate

District 41:
Ken Calvert (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Will Rollins (D) - Ex-Federal Prosecutor & '22 Candidate

District 42:
Robert Garcia (D)* - (Campaign Site)
John Briscoe (R) - School Board Trustee, Business Consultant & Frequent US Rep Candidate

Bob Dornan for Congress

District 43:
Maxine Waters (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Steve Williams (R) - Real Estate Broker & Ex-Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner

District 44:
Nanette Barragan (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Roger Groh (R) - Investment Manager

District 45:
Michelle Steel (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Derek Tran (D) - Attorney & Iraq War Veteran

District 46:
Lou Correa (D)* - (Campaign Site)
David Pan (R) - College Professor & Management Consultant

Ralph Waite (Pa Walton) for Congress

District 47:
Katie Porter (D)* - Candidate for US Senate in 2024. ]
Scott Baugh (R) - Ex-State Assemblyman, Attorney & '18/'22 Candidate  
Dave Min (D) - State Sen., Attorney, Ex-Congressional Aide & '18 Candidate 

District 48:
Darrell Issa (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Stephen Houlahan (D) - Ex-Santee Councilman, Nurse, '22 Candidate & '20 Mayor Candidate

District 49:
Mike Levin (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Matt Gunderson (R) - Auto Dealer & '22 State Sen Candidate

Pete McCloskey for US Senate 1982

District 50:
Scott Peters (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Peter Bono (R) - Retired Navy Veteran & Veterans Community Activist

District 51:
Sara Jacobs (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Bill Wells (R) - El Cajon Mayor, Healthcare Executive, Psychologist, Nurse & '18 Candidate

District 52:
Juan Vargas (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Justin Lee (R) - Realtor



STATE POLITICAL PARTIES:

American Independent Party (AIP)
American Solidarity Party (ASP) 
California National Party (CNP)
Common Sense Party (CS) - Forward Party state affiliate
Constitution Party of California (C) 
California Democratic Party (D)
Green Party of California (G)
Libertarian Party of California (L)
Peace & Freedom Party (PFP)
Reform Party (REF) 
California Republican Party (R)
Socialist Party of California (S)
Socialist Workers Party (SWP)
Working Class Party (WCP)
Independent / No Party Preference (NPP) 
Write-In Candidate (WI)


Maureen Reagan for Congress 1992

STATE ELECTION OFFICE:

Secretary of State's Office


Tom Bradley and George Deukmejian for Governor buttons - 1982

STATE NEWS SOURCES:

Agoura Hills Acorn
Antelope Valley Press
Asian Journal
Bakersfield Californian
Bakerfield El Popular (Spanish)
Berkeleyside
Beverly Hills Weekly
Black Voice News
California Voter Foundation
CalMatters
Davis Enterprise
East Bay Times
East Bay Express (Alternative)
El Tecolte (Spanish)
Eureka Times-Standard
Excelsior California (Spanish)
FlashReport.org (Conservative)
Hispanos Unidos San Diego
Inland Empire Community News
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Inland Valley News (African American)
La Opinion (Spanish)
Latino Times
Lompoc Record
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Los Angeles Blade (LGBT)
Los Angeles Daily Breeze
Los Angeles Daily News
LAist (Alternative)
Los Angeles Magazine 
Los Angeles Sentinel (African American)
Los Angeles Times 
LA Weekly (Alternative)
Modesto Bee
Nevada City Union

John G Schmitz for US Senate - 1982

The Oaklandside
Orange County Register 
Orange County Weekly (Alternative)
Palm Springs Desert Sun
Pasadena Star-News
Placerville Mountain Democrat
The Pride LA (LGBT)
Redlands Daily Facts
Ridgecrest Daily Independent
Riverside Press-Enterprise
Rough & Tumble (Politics)
Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Observer (African American)
Salinas Californian
San Bernadino County Sun
Axios San Diego
San Diego Daily Transcript
San Diego iNewsource
San Diego Union Tribune
Voice of San Diego
Axios San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Area Reporter (LGBT)
San Francisco Bay Guardian (Alternative)
San Francisco Mission Local
San Francisco Bay View (African American)
SFGate
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Standard
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
San Joaquin Valley Sun
San Jose Inside
San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Spotlight
San Luis Obispo Tribune
Santa Barbara News-Press
Santa Rosa Press-Democrat
Siskiyou Daily News
Solano County Daily Republic
Sonoma Index-Tribune
Stockton Record
Tahoe Sierra Sun
Torrance Daily Breeze
Vacaville Reporter
Valley Center Roadrunner
Ventura County Star
Whittier Daily News
Wind Newspaper (Chinese)

Randy Duke Cunningham for Congress

KCBS TV-2 (CBS - Los Angeles)
KNBC TV-4 (NBC - Los Angeles)
KABC TV-7 (ABC - Los Angeles) 
KTTV TV-11 (FOX - Los Angeles)
KMEX TV-34 (Univision - Los Angeles)
KVEA TV-52 (Telemundo - Los Angeles)
KQED TV-9 / Public Radio (PBS / NPR - San Francisco)
Northern California Public Media
KPPC Public Radio (NPR)
CapRadio (NPR)

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