California’s official deadline to file to run for office has come and gone giving voters a clearer picture of the candidates they will choose from heading into the March 2024 primary.
But in the race to fill the seat of the late Dianne Feinstein for a six-year term in the US Senate, the deadline has been extended by several days.
The deadline for filing the Candidate Declaration papers for elected office passed on Friday at 5 pm Still, this time, because the incumbent decided not to run for office, the deadline was extended by five days to on December 13.
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The official list of certified candidates from the Office of the Secretary of State will be available on December 28.
Other candidates, though unofficial, have been on the campaign trail for months, announcing their intention to run for the late Senator Dianne Feinstein’s seat. Rep. Katie Porter (D-Orange), one of the leading contenders, announced her candidacy in January.
Rep. also announced. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) intends to run for the Senate in January. He posted Monday that he filed official candidacy papers with the California Secretary of State’s Office.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) announced her intention to run for the Senate in February.
After much speculation, Republican and former Major League All-Star Steve Garvey has announced his intention to run for Senate in October.
All candidates must meet the requirements as stated in the Constitution: a candidate must be at least 30 years old, a US citizen for nine years and be a resident of California if took the oath of office.
Senate candidates are eligible to pick up nomination papers from any county election office beginning Nov. 13. Those documents do not need to be taken from the county of their residence and are due on Friday at the close of business.
The California primary will take place on March 5, 2024. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will advance to the November general election.