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A few months 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.

Senator Dilworth spent his time in the legislature focused on education, authoring the bills which built UC Riverside, made CalPoly a college, and played a major role in creating both CSU Fullerton in 1957 & CSU San Bernardino in 1960.

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.

I've loved working on this project and think a lot of people would find these speeches relevant and maybe even inspiring.

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 14,291 candidates, who ran in 26,010 contests in a total of 541 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

May 12th was the CD-25 Special General Election 
May 12th was the SD-28 Special General Election 
46 days until the 2020 General Election
191 days until Dianne Feinstein becomes California's Longest Serving US Senator ever (3/28)
409 days until the 2021-2030 Final District Maps are due from the Redistricting Commission (11/1)
781 days until the 2022 General Election