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A year ago, I was contacted by the family of State Senator Nelson S. Dilworth, who served in World War I before spending 24 years in the state legislature. They asked if I was interested in receiving his personal papers, which the family had kept for 55 years.

During his time in office, Dilworth became well-known for delivering patriotic speeches about his experiences in WWI, the honor and responsibility of being a lawmaker, and the contrast between the beauty of democracy and the risk of sliding into dictatorship.

If you're interested, I'm happy to announce the release of Freedom: Reflections on What Makes America Great from a Veteran of World War.

Tweets by Alex Vassar

Thanks for visiting! For the past sixteen 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 14,292 candidates, who ran in 26,008 contests in a total of 543 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. That being that, 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 3rd was the 2020 General Election
~5 days until the resignation of State Senator Holly J. Mitchell to become a Los Angeles County Supervisor.
45 days until the Jim Nielsen reaches 20 years in the State Senate.
~55 days until the resignation of US Senator Kamala Harris to become Vice President (and resulting vacancy)
68 days until the anticipated SD-30 Special Election
days until Dianne Feinstein becomes California's Longest Serving US Senator ever (3/28)
340 days until the 2021-2030 Final District Maps are due from the Redistricting Commission (11/1)
712 days until the 2022 General Election