Governor Calls For Special Election For Assembly District

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Terry Caldwell

(Best Syndication News) Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called for a special election to fill the vacancy in the 17th State Senate district left by George Runner. The district includes sections of the high desert, San Fernando Valley and Ventura County.

The primary election will be held on February 15, 2011 followed by a general election on April 19, 2011.

Candidates will need to file as a candidate by 5:00pm, January 3, 2011. The term will last through 2012.

Proposition 14 will change the dynamics of this election. Voters will be allowed to cast their vote in the primary for any candidate, regardless of party. According to David Wert with the county of San Bernardino, candidates will not need to designate their party.

The two top vote getters in the primary will move on to the general election. If any of the candidates receive a majority of the votes in the primary, that candidate wins and no general election is required.

Former Assemblyperson and wife of George Runner, Sharon Runner, has already announced her candidacy, according to the Daily Press. Current assemblyman Steven Knight has already endorsed her.

The report suggests that former Victorville Mayor Terry Caldwell may run for the office as well.

George Runner is leaving the office to assume his seat on the State Board of Equalization.

By: Dan Wilson

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