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Historic Uncontested Candidates (1946-2018)
In the last seventy-two years, there have been 502 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):
Holly J. Mitchell (2018) - Most recent State Senate candidate to run unopposed.
Laura Friedman (2018)
Eloise Reyes (2018)
Blanca Rubio (2018)
Richard Bloom (2018)
Eduardo Garcia (2016)
Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. (2014 & 2016) - Most recent candidate to run unopposed multiple times.
Jim Patterson (2014) - Most recent Republican candidate to run unopposed.
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (2014)
Cristina Garcia (2014)
Susan Bonilla (2012)
Isadore Hall (2012)
Devin G. Nunes (2010) - Most recent Congressional candidate to run unopposed.
Kevin de Leon (2010)
Ed Hernandez (2010)
Jim Nielsen (2010)
Kristin Olsen (2010)
John A. Perez (2010)
Mike Davis (2010)
Dennis A. Cardoza (2010)
Kevin McCarthy (2010)
Henry A. Waxman (2010)
Xavier Becerra (2006 & 2010)
Hilda Solis (2010)*A write-in candidate in this contest received 8 votes.
Ted Gaines (2008)
Nancy Skinner (2008)
Anna Caballero (2008)
Hector De La Torre (2008)
Wilmer Amina Carter (2008)
Brian Nestande (2008)
Jeff Miller (2008)
Jim Costa (2006)
Diane Watson (2006)
Gary G. Miller (2006)
Dean Florez (2006)
Gloria Negrete-McLeod (2006)
Juan Arambula (2006)
Richard Alarcon (2002 & 2006)
Fabian Nunez (2006)
Mervyn M. Dymally (2004 & 2006)