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April 25th - 2020 Presidential Candidates with existing profiles on JoinCalifornia now include:
 * Donald Trump  (2/17/2017)
 * Kamala Harris (1/21/2019)
 * Bernie Sanders  (2/19/2019)
* Eric Swalwell  (4/8/2019)
* Joe Biden (4/25/2019)

March 27th - In the first-round of the SD-01 and SD-33 Special Elections, the number of candidates trimmed from six and twelve candidates respectively to two each, with the run-off scheduled for May 21st. In SD-01, the top two candidates received almost the same number of votes as of the election night count; with Dahle leading Kiley by 215 votes (out of 156,000+ votes cast)

February 19th - I'm working on identifying birth and death dates for early legislators. Currently, about half of all legislators (most in the 1800s) lack this information. The number of legislators with missing information (by decade) are available here. With research by a friend from New York, we were able to wrap up two outstanding decades this week.

February 1st - One day after the filing period closed, SD-33 candidate Al Austin announced that he was withdrawing from the race. California law doesn't permit candidates to be removed from the ballot, so Austin's name will still appear on the ballot and he could still potentially win or continue on in the top two.

January 31st - Filing closed in the special elections for the SD-01 (Gaines) and SD-33 (Lara) vacancies. The SD-01 race features four Republicans and two Democrats.while SD-33 features nine Democrats, two Republicans and a member of the Green Party.

January 24th - Assemblyman Chad Mayes commented on Twitter "If Travis Allen becomes Chairman of the California Republican Party, more sitting legislators will leave CAGOP/." The new chair will be selected at the GOP Convention on February 24th

January 24th - Assemblyman Brian Maienschein changed party affiliation from Republican to Democratic.

January 12th - Former Assemblyman Lawrence Kapiloff died at age 89.

January 7th - Ted Gaines resigned from the State Senate to become a member of the Board of Equalization.

January 7th - Ricardo Lara resigned from the State Senate to become the Insurance Commissioner.

January 1st - Former State Senator Gordon Cologne died at age 94.

November 3rd - Former Assemblyman Willard Huyck died at age 101. He was the oldest former legislator ever and the last remaining 1940s legislator.

Tweets by Alex Vassar

Thanks for visiting! For the past fifteen years, this has been the political history project that just wouldn't end. We work continually to both build a better understanding of California's early political history as well as keeping up with current information.

Our records currently include state legislative races since 1898 and statewide and federal offices back to 1849. As of today, our records include information about 14,165 candidates, who ran in 25,721 contests in a total of 537 elections.

It's probably a good idea to keep in mind that records are really incomplete in the early years (1850s-1860s), and this is all a work in progress. We always appreciate you letting us know if anything doesn't quite look right.

Alex and Shane
The One Voter Project


Elections and Significant Dates
November 6th was the 2018 General Election
26 days until the SD-01 & SD-33 Special General Elections
days until the Anticipated AD-01 or AD-06 Special Election
days until the 2020 Presidential Primary Election
342 days until the 2020 United States Census
days until the 2020 General Election
703 days until Dianne Feinstein becomes California's Longest Serving US Senator ever (3/28)
1293 days until the 2022 General Election