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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

$2 million price tag for an election with one candidate

Then-Assembly Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield,
and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner.

It's Just Tax Money

  • The Los Angeles County portion of the bill runs to $1.4 million.  San Bernardino has not said with their cost is.

(Santa Clarita Valley Signal)  -  A special election with a price tag of more than $1 million is on for March, even though only one candidate filed to put her name on the ballot, state and county elections officials said.

The name of Republican Sharon Runner will be the only one to appear on on the certified list of candidates sent out by the California Secretary of State’s office.

The special primary election for the 21st Senate District seat vacated by Congressman Steve Knight is scheduled March 17, according to state and county elections officials.

“It’s mandated we still have an election, even though there’s one candidate,” said Regina Ip, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Office of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

The special election carries about a $1.4 million price tag in Los Angeles County alone, Ip said. 

Election officials in San Bernardino County could not be reached for information on the cost of the election for them.

The 21st district covers most of the Santa Clarita and Victor valleys as well as the Antelope Valley south of the Kern County line. The district also stretches into San Bernardino County.

Part of the rationale for continuing with the election is that someone could mount a write-in campaign for the seat.

As of Thursday, Ip said, nobody had pulled papers in L.A. County to run as a write-in candidate.

Whether there’s a write-in candidate or not, the same general rules for the special election apply. 
Should Runner, a former state Senator and Assemblywoman, win more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary election, she will be deemed elected.

Write-in candidates can only run in the primary election. They could advance to a special general election if they are one of the top two vote-getters and no candidate receives a majority of the vote.

The 21st Senate District seat was left vacant after Knight, R-Palmdale, resigned earlier this month to take his new seat in Congress.

Although a number of candidates had expressed possible interest in running in the special election to fill the remaining two years of Knight’s term, Runner was the only one to do so.

Runner served in the 36th Assembly District from 2002 to 2008 and then in the 17th Senate District from 2011 to 2012. She opted not to seek re-election in 2012 after undergoing a double lung transplant as part of the treatment for limited scleroderma, or CREST syndrome, which is an autoimmune condition.

The 21st Senate District takes in the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita in
Los Angeles County and Victor Valley in San Bernardino County.

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