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Your complete directory of California candidates for Governor, State Cabinet, United State Senator and Congress in the current election cycle ... state political parties ... the official state election office ... and state news sources.

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Ronald Reagan for Governor - 1966

Bold = Active Candidate
Italics = Potential Candidate
* = Incumbent
= Election Winner
(Incumbent Party Listed First)

Filing Deadline: March , 2018
Filing Deadline (Write-Ins): May , 2018
Primary: June , 2018

This page was last updated on April 25, 2017


[ Jerry Brown (D)* - Term Limited in 2018. ]
David Asem (D) - Video Producer & Computer Engineer
John Chiang (D) - State Treasurer, Ex-State Controller, Ex-State Board of Equalization Member & Attorney
John Cox (R) - Businessman, Attorney & Frequent Candidate

Kevin de León (D) - State Senate President Pro Tempore, Ex-State Assemblyman & Ex-Community Organizer

Delaine Eastin (D) - Ex-State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ex-State Assemblywoman & Educator

Eric Garcetti (D) - Los Angeles Mayor, Ex-Los Angeles City Council President & Ex-College Instructor

Rosey Grier (R) - Ex-Pro Football Player, Minister, Actor, Singer & Author
David Hadley (R) - Ex-State Assemblyman & Investment Banker
Grant Handlik (Independent) - Businessman & Ex-Commercial Diver
Allen Ishida (R) - Tulare County Supervisor, Farmer, Ex-USDA Official & Ex-Realtor
Zoltan Istvan (Libertarian) - Author, Philosopher, Ex-Journalist & '16 Presidential Candidate
Gavin Newsom (D) - Lt. Governor, Ex-San Francisco Mayor & Businessman

Loretta Sanchez (D) - Ex-Congresswoman, Ex-Financial Analyst & '16 US Sen. Candidate
Tom Steyer (D) - Hedge Fund Manager, Philanthropist & Envirnomental Activist

Scot Sturtevant (Independent) - Healthcare Consultant & Ex-Paramedic
Antonio Villaraigosa (D) - Ex-Los Angeles Mayor, Ex-State Assembly Speaker & Ex-Los Angeles City Councilman
Steve Westly (D) - Ex-State Controller, Venture Capitalist, Ex-Internet Executive & '06 Candidate

Jerry Waldie for Governor - 1974

Next State Constitutional Officer Elections in 2018.

[ Gavin Newsom (D)* - Candidate for Governor in 2018. ]
Tom Berryhill (R) - State Sen., Ex-State Assemblyman & Farmer
Anthony Cannella (R) - State Sen. & Ex-Ceres Mayor
Kevin DeLeon (D) - State Senate President Pro Tem, Ex-State Assemblyman & Ex-Community Organizer
Jeff Denham (R) - Congressman & Ex-State Sen.

David Fennell (R) - Venture Capitalist
Ed Hernandez (D) - State Sen., Ex-State Assemblyman & Optometrist

Eleni Kounalakis (D) - Ex-US Ambassador to Hungary

Asif Mahmood (D) - Physician
Matthew Rizzie (D) - Attorney & Psychologist

Alex Padilla (D)* - (Campaign Site)

Betty Yee (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Ashley Swearengin (R) - Ex-Fresno Mayor, Ex-Economic Development Executive & '14 Nominee

John Briggs for Governor - 1978

[ John Chiang (D)* - Candidate for Governor in 2018. ]
Mike Gatto (D) - State Assemblyman, Attorney & Ex-Congressional Aide
Fiona Ma (D) - State Board of Equalization Chair, Ex-State Assemblywoman & Ex-San Francisco Superviso

Xavier Becerra (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Dave Jones (D) - State Insurance Commissioner, Ex-State Assemblyman, Ex-Sacramento Councilman & Attorney

[ Dave Jones (D)* - Candidate for Attorney General in 2018. ]
Ricardo Lara (D) - State Sen. & Ex-Legislative Aide

Tony Mendoza (D) - State Sen., Ex-State Assemblyman, Ex-Artesia City Councilman & Ex-Teacher

Paul Song (D) - Physician & Progressive Activist

Peter Camejo for Governor

(Note: Superintendent is a Non-Partisan Positition)
[ Tom Torlakson (D)* - Term-Limited in 2018. ]
Tony Thurmond (D) - State Assemblyman, Ex-Richmond City Councilman & Ex-Local School Board Member

Barbara Boxer - 1992


State Assembly - ( Democratic Caucus - Republican Caucus )

State Senate
- ( Democratic Caucus - Republican Caucus )


Dianne Feinstein (D)*
Donald Adams (Independent)
Robert Cheader (Independent) - Actor, Professional Photographer & Beverage Distributor

Kevin de León (D) - State Senate President Pro Tempore, Ex-State Assemblyman & Ex-Community Organizer

Michael Eisen (D) - Biologist

Eric Garcetti (D) - Los Angeles Mayor, Ex-Los Angeles City Council President & Ex-College Instructor

David Hildebrand (D) - Legislative Analyst & Sanders Campaign Activist
Tim Kalemkarian (R) - Frequent Candidate
Caren Lancona (R) - Businesswoman
John "Stuttering John" Melendez (D) - Television Writer & Radio Personality
Douglas Pierce (D)
Steve Stokes (D)

Sonny Bono for US Senate 1992

Kamala Harris (D)*- (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2022.


District 1:
Doug LaMalfa (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Dennis Duncan (D) - Child Welfare Social Worker
Jessice Holcombe (D) - Attorney

District 2:
Jared Huffman (D)* - (Campaign Site)

Tony Coelho for Congress - 1978

District 3:
John Garamendi (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 4:
Tom McClintock (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Regina Bateson (D) - College Professor

District 5:
Mike Thompson (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Doug "Dutch" Van Raam (R) - Rigger, Stagehand, Landscaper & Frequent Candidate

District 6:
Doris Matsui (D)* - (Campaign Site)

Tony Coelho

District 7:
Ami Bera (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Omba Kipuke (R) - College Student & Non-Profit Group Consultant

District 8:
Paul Cook (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Ronald O'Donnell (D) - Attorney & '16 State Sen. Candidate

District 9:
Jerry McNerney (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 10:
Jeff Denham (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Mike Barkley (D) - Attorney, Democratic Activist, Navy Veteran & Frequent Candidate
Mateo Morelos (D)

Tom Ammiano for San Francisco Mayor

District 11:
Mark DeSaulnier (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 12:
Nancy Pelosi (D)* - (House Minority Leader Site) - (Campaign Site)
Barry Hermanson (Green) - Businessman, Community Activist & Frequent Candidate

District 13:
Barbara Lee (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 14:
Jackie Speier (D)* - (Campaign Site)

Shirley Temple Black for Congress - 1967

District 15:
Eric Swalwell (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 16:
Jim Costa (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 17:
Ro Khanna (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Ron Cohen (R) - Accountant & '16 Candidate

District 18:
Anna Eshoo (D)* - (Campaign Site)

Gray Davis for Governor - 1974

District 19:
Zoe Lofgren (D)*
- (Campaign Site)

District 20:
Jimmy Panetta (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 21:
David Valadao (R)* - (Campaign Site)

District 22:
Devin Nunes (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Jerry Brown for Oakland Mayor

District 23:
Kevin McCarthy (R)* - (House Majority Leader Site) - (Campaign Site)
Robert Owen (D) - Attorney, USMC Veteran & '16 Bakersfield City Supervisor Candidate
Wendy Reed (D) - Non-Profit Group Executive, Conservation Activist & '16 Candidate

District 24:
Salud Carbajal (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Michael Erin Woody (R) - Ex-Fresno City Councilman & Professional Engineer

District 25:
Steve Knight (R)*
- (Campaign Site)
Bryan Caforio (D) - Attorney & '16 Candidate

Kelan John Farrell-Smith (D) - Management Consultant & Musician
Katie Hill (D) - Non-Profit Group Executive
Jess Phoenix (D) - Geologist & Volcanologist

District 26:
Julia Brownley (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Rafael Dagnesses (R) - Realtor, Ex-Police Officer, USMC Veteran & '14/'16 Candidate
Shane Skelton (R) - Political Consultant, Attorney & Ex-Congressional Aide

Pat Brown for Governor - 1966

District 27:
Judy Chu (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 28:
Adam Schiff (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Juan Markos (R) - Artist & Property Manager
Damien Nichols (D) - Production Designer & Art Director

District 29:
Tony Cardenas (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 30:
Brad Sherman (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Joseph Schrage (R)

Arianna Huffington - 2003

District 31:
Pete Aguilar (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Sean Flynn (R) - College Professor, Economist & Author

District 32:
Grace Napolitano (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Mary Ann Lutz (D) - Congressional Aide, Ex-Monrovia Mayor & Ex-Monrovia City Councilwoman

Andre Quintero (D) - El Monte Mayor, Ex-Rio Honda Community College Trustee & Attorney

District 33:
Ted Lieu (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 34 - Special Election in 2017:
FILING DEADLINE: February 9, 2017 - WRITE-IN FILING DEADLINE: March 21, 2017
PRIMARY: April 4, 2017 - GENERAL ELECTION: June 6, 2017
[ Xavier Becerra (D)* - Resigned January 25, 2017 to become Attorney General. ]
Robert Lee Ahn (D) - Los Angeles City Planning Commissioner & Attorney
Jimmy Gomez (D) - State Assemblyman & Ex-Political Organizers

Peace & Freedom Party

District 35:
Norma Torres (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 36:
Raul Ruiz (D)* -
(Campaign Site)

District 37:
Karen Bass (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Ted Alemayhu (AIP) - Business Consultant & Non-Profit Group Founder
Ron Bassilian (R) - IT Professional

District 38:
Linda Sanchez (D)* -
(Campaign Site)

Jack Dean - 1988

District 39:
Ed Royce (R)* - (Campaign Site)

District 40:
Lucille Roybal-Allard (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 41:
Mark Takano (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Doug Shepherd (R) - Real Estate Broker & '16 Candidate
Aja Smith (R) - Community Activist

District 42:
Ken Calvert (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Julia Peacock (D) - Teacher & Progressive Activist

Bob Dornan

District 43:
Maxine Waters (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Omar Navarro (R) - Businessman, GOP Activist & '16 Candidate

District 44:
Nanette Barragan (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Isadore Hall III (D) - Ex-State Sen., Ex-State Assemblyman & '12/'16 Candidate

District 45:
Mimi Walters (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Kia Hamadanchy (D) - Ex-Congressional Aide
Dave Min (D) - Law Professor & Ex-Congressional Aide
Katie Porter (D) - Law Professor & Consumer Advocate
Ron Varasteh (D) - Businessman, Scientist & Engineer

District 46:
Lou Correa (D)* - (Campaign Site)

Ralph Waite (Pa Walton) for Congress

District 47:
Alan Lowenthal (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 48:
Dana Rohrabacher (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Scott Baugh (R) - Ex-State Assemblyman, Ex-Orange County GOP Chair & Attorney
Laura Oatman (D) - Architect
Boyd Roberts (D) - Real Estate Broker, '14 Candidate & '12 School Board Candidate
Harley Rouda (D) - Businessman & Attorney
Tony Zardakes (D) - Airline Pilot

District 49:
Darrell Issa (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Doug Applegate (D) - Attorney, Iraq War Veteran, Retired USMC Colonel & '16 Nominee
Mike Levin (D) - Attorney & Democratic Activist

District 50:
Duncan Hunter (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Pierre Beauregard (D) - Progressive Activist
Josh Butner (D) - Jamul-Dulzura School Board Member & Retired Navy Officer
Ammar Campa-Najjar (D) - Communications Consultant & Ex-US Labor Dept. Official
Gloria Chadwick (D) - Wildlife Artist & Nursing Professor
Glenn Jensen (D) - Businessman
Patrick Malloy (D) - Real Estate Broker & '16 Candidate

John Briggs for Governor - 1978

District 51:
Juan Vargas (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 52:
Scott Peters (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 53:
Susan Davis (D)* - (Campaign Site)


American Independent Party
California Democratic Party
Constitution Party of California
Green Party of California
Libertarian Party of California
Peace & Freedom Party
Reform Party of California
California Republican Party
Socialist Party of California

Maureen Reagan for Congress


Secretary of State's Office

Pat Brown for Governor - 1966


Alameda Times-Star
Antelope Valley Press (Palmdale)
Around the Capitol
Bakersfield Californian
Beverly Hills Weekly
California Greening
California Voter Foundation
CalNews.com (Conservative)
Capitol Alert (Sacramento)
Contra Costa Times
Davis Enterprise
East Bay Express (Alternative)
Eureka Times-Standard
FlashReport.org (Conservative)
Frontiers Newsmagazine (Gay)
Law.com California
League of Women Voters: California Education Fund
Lompoc Record
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Los Angeles City Beat (Alternative)
Los Angeles Daily Breeze
Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Jewish Journal
Los Angeles Times
- (Politics Section)
Los Angeles Weekly (Alternative)
- (Politics Section)
Modesto Bee
Nevada City Union

John G Schmitz for US Senate - 1982

North County Times (San Diego/Riverside)
Oakland Tribune
Orange County Now
Orange County Register
Orange County Weekly (Alternative)
Ontario Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Palm Springs Desert Sun News
Pasadena Star-News
Placerville Mountain Democrat
Political Vanguard (Republican)
Pomona Inland Valley News (African-American)
Redlands Daily Facts
Ridgecrest Daily Independent
Riverside Press-Enterprise / Inland Empire Online
Rough & Tumble
Sacramento Bee
San Bernadino County Sun
San Diego Daily Transcript
- (Government Section)
San Diego Union Tribune
- (Politics Section)
San Francisco Bay Area Reporter (Gay)
San Francisco Bay Guardian (Alternative)
San Francisco Bay View (African-American)
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Usual Suspects (Politics)
San Francisco Weekly (Alternative)
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
San Jose Mercury News
San Luis Obispo County Telegram-Tribune
Santa Barbara News-Press
Santa Rosa Press-Democrat
Siskiyou Daily News
Smart Voter - League of Women Voters
Solano County Daily Republic
Sonoma Index-Tribune
Stockton Record
Tahoe World
Torrance Daily Breeze
Vacaville Reporter
Valley Roadrunner
Ventura County Star
Watch Sonoma County (Politics)
Whittier Daily News

Duke Cunningham for Congress


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