The first round of the special election for the remaining months left in the term of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) will be held on April 5, according to an announcement Friday from the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom.
If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in April, a runoff election will be held on June 7, the same day as the statewide primary for the November election.
For the special election, registered voters will get ballots by mail, which can be returned by mail, at a voting center, or in a ballot box. Qualified unregistered voters can sign up to vote online up to 15 days before the election or in person up to Election Day. For voting information, go to https://tularecoelections.org/elections/ or call (559) 624-7300.
Candidates to replace Nunes in Congress have until Jan. 20 to file paperwork with the California Secretary of State to appear on the ballot. Nunes’ term was scheduled to end in January 2023. Previously announced candidates to finish out his term include:
Phil Arballo (D-Fresno), who lost to Nunes in 2020, announced that he would run in the special election in December.
State Sen. Andreas Borgeas (R) who represents the 8th District, which encompasses parts of the Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada. Before being elected to the state senate, he was a Fresno County supervisor. Has formed an exploratory committee to look at running.
Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig (R), a former mayor and council member in Clovis.
Elizabeth Heng, a Republican tech CEO who lost to Costa in 2018.
Eric Garcia (No party preference), a disabled U.S. Marine who previously ran in the 2020 primary.
Lourin Hubbard (D), an environmental justice and racial equity activist from Bakersfield.
Nunes officially resigned from Congress on Jan. 3, following through on his December pledge to step down from the elected office he has held since 2002 to run a social media company owned by former President Donald Trump.
“It has been the honor of my life to represent the people of California’s San Joaquin Valley for the last 19 years,” Nunes said in his letter of resignation.
Nunes had represented the heavily Republican 22nd Congressional District that covered Tulare and Fresno counties. But because of once-a-decade redistricting, Nunes’ district was redrawn to Democrat-leaning. Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno), who has represented parts of the San Joaquin Valley since 2004, announced in December that he would run for the newly drawn seat.
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