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Historic Uncontested Candidates (1946-2018)
In the last seventy-two years, there have been 506 unopposed candidates. With cross-filing at its peak (allowing candidates to win multiple primaries and exclude other candidates from the general election ballot), 1950 and 1952 elections saw the most uncontested candidates (more than 150 in those two years alone). Democrats have had more unchallenged candidates. A large majority of the races were for Assembly seats (335 races), while 103 were State Senate races, 52 were members of Congress, and 12 members of the Board of Equalization.

Frequently Unopposed Candidates
Several candidates have run unopposed on multiple occasions. Lloyd W. Lowrey holds the record, having run unopposed eight times. Because term limits limits candidates to a maximum of six elections, this record is unlikely to be broken. Ralph M. Brown and Gus Hawkins were elected unopposed seven times. Donald L. Grunsky and William Byron Rumford were elected unopposed six times. George A. ClarkeGlenn E. CoolidgeJohn F. Shelley and Randolph Collier were elected unopposed five times. Eleven Candidates were elected unopposed four times: Carley V. PorterClair EngleFrancis C. LindsayFrancis Dunn Jr.George R. ReillyHugh M. BurnsHugh P. DonnellyMarvin SherwinRichard H. McCollisterVincent Thomas, and Laughlin E. Waters.

Recent Candidates Elected Unopposed (2006-Present):
Frank Bigelow (2020) - Assembly - Patterson & Bigelow are most recent Republican candidates to run unopposed.
Jim Patterson (2020 & 2014) - Assembly Patterson & Bigelow are most recent Republican candidates to run unopposed.
Blanca Rubio (2020 & 2018) - Assembly - Most recent candidate to run unopposed multiple times.
Wendy Carrillo (2020) - Assembly
Holly J. Mitchell (2018) - Senate - Most recent State Senate candidate to run unopposed.
Laura Friedman (2018) - Assembly
Eloise Reyes (2018) - Assembly
Richard Bloom (2018) - Assembly
Eduardo Garcia (2016) - Assembly
Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. (2016 & 2014) - Assembly
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (2014) - Assembly
Cristina Garcia (2014) - Assembly
Susan Bonilla (2012) - Assembly
Isadore Hall (2012) - Assembly
Devin G. Nunes (2010) - Most recent Congressional candidate to run unopposed.
Kevin de Leon (2010) - Senate
Ed Hernandez (2010)- Senate
Jim Nielsen (2010) - Assembly
Kristin Olsen (2010) - Assembly
John A. Perez (2010) - Assembly
Mike Davis (2010) - Assembly
Dennis A. Cardoza (2010)
Kevin McCarthy (2010)
Henry A. Waxman (2010)
Xavier Becerra (2010 & 2006)
Hilda Solis (2010)*A write-in candidate in this contest received 8 votes.
Ted Gaines (2008) - Assembly
Nancy Skinner (2008) - Assembly
Anna Caballero (2008) - Assembly
Hector De La Torre (2008) - Assembly
Wilmer Amina Carter (2008) - Assembly
Brian Nestande (2008) - Assembly
Jeff Miller (2008) - Assembly
Jim Costa (2006)
Diane Watson (2006)
Gary G. Miller (2006)
Dean Florez (2006) - Senate
Gloria Negrete-McLeod (2006) - Senate
Juan Arambula (2006) - Assembly
Richard Alarcon (2006 & 2002) - Senate & Assembly
Fabian Nunez (2006) - Assembly
Mervyn M. Dymally (2006 & 2004) - Assembly