Friday is the filing deadline for anyone who wishes to run for the state Assembly or Senate, the House of Representatives, or the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and other nonpartisan offices.
Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, could face up to seven Democratic challengers in the March 3 presidential and congressional primaries for the 36th Assembly seat.
The three-term Assemblyman filed his nomination papers to retain his seat on Nov. 25. Democrat Johnathon Ervin, who ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate in November 2016, pulled nomination papers on Nov. 22 to challenge Lackey, according to information on the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s website.
Other Democrats who seek to challenge Lackey include Lancaster businesswoman Lourdes Everett, who filed nomination papers on Nov. 27, Lancaster businessman/educator Ollie McCauley, who filed nomination papers on Nov.12, and retired healthcare administrator Michael Rives, who filed nomination papers on Nov. 25.
Attorney Steve Fox, who lost to Lackey in 2014 as the incumbent, and again in November 2016, and November 2018, pulled nomination papers on Nov. 15.
Diedra M. Greenaway, a Democrat who listed an Inglewood address, pulled nomination papers on Nov. 14. Democrat Eric Andrew Ohlsen filed a signature in lieu of filing fee petition on Nov. 6, but has not pulled nomination papers as of Friday.
State Senator Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, filed nomination papers to retain his seat on Nov. 26. Lancaster Democrat Dana LaMon, a retired judge and motivational speaker, pulled nomination papers on Nov. 12 to challenge Wilk. Democrat Warren Heaton, of Santa Clarita, also pulled nomination papers on Nov. 12. Democrats Steve Hill and Kipp Mueller filed signature in lieu of filing fee petitions, but have not pulled nomination papers as of Friday.
Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger filed nomination papers to retain her seat on Nov. 22. Sierra Madre Mayor John Harabedian filed nomination papers to challenge Barger on Nov. 13. Educator and environmental entrepreneur Darrell Park filed nomination papers on Nov. 26 for the non-partisan seat.
Voters will get to vote twice for the 25th Congressional District seat held by former Rep. Katie Hill, who resigned last month.
Gov. Gavin Newson set the special primary election for March 3; that is the same day as the presidential and congressional primaries. If no candidate gets 50% of the vote, then a runoff election between the top two candidates will take place on May 12. The successful candidate will complete the remainder of Hill’s term, which runs January 2021. The filing period for nomination papers for the special March 3 primary does not begin until Dec. 23.
Meanwhile, voters will select the top two candidates from a field of 11 potential candidates to face off in November 2020.
Hill announced her resignation Oct. 27, following allegations of improper relations with staff members that triggered a House Ethics Committee investigation and following the release of nude photos of Hill in online conservative outlets.
She denied any wrongdoing and has said she was the victim of a revenge porn campaign.
Hill defeated former Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, in the 2018 Blue Wave that gave Democrats control of the House. Knight announced his candidacy to regain the seat on Nov. 9. Knight pulled nomination papers on Nov. 14.
Republican Mike Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot, announced his candidacy for Hill’s seat in April. Garcia filed nomination papers on Nov. 27.
Other potential Republican candidates include former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who served time in federal prison after pleading guilty to lying to federal investigators. Papadopoulos, who listed a Los Angeles address, pulled nomination papers on Nov. 22. Republican Dave Lozano pulled nomination papers on Nov. 26.
State Assemblywoman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, pulled nomination papers on Nov. 19. Palmdale Democrat Getro Franck Elize pulled nomination papers on Nov. 15. Democrat Christopher Smith, who listed a Los Angeles address, pulled nomination papers on Nov. 19.
Democrat Cenk Uygur, host of the progressive “Young Turks” news channel on YouTube, pulled nomination papers on Nov. 25. Uygur listed a Novato address. Palmdale Democrat Anibal Valdez-Ortega also pulled nomination papers on Nov. 25.
In the 23rd Congressional District seat held by Republican Kevin McCarthy, Quartz Hill Democrat Kim Mangione filed a signature in lieu of filing fee petition on Nov. 5, but has not pulled nomination papers as of Friday.