Running Unopposed in 2022

The California State Capitol

According the Notice to Candidates, issued by the Secretary of State on March 26, there will be 13 candidates for partisan office running unopposed in the June Primary. It’s important to remember that additional candidates may appear when the official list of candidates is released early next week, and that candidates can still qualify for the November ballot by running as write-in candidates in June.

Maria Elena Durazo and Ben Allen are the first State Senate candidates to run unopposed since Holly J. Mitchell (in 2018).

Blanca Rubio is unopposed in her run for the State Assembly for the third consecutive election (2022 & 2020 & 2018).

Two other Assembly candidates (Jim Patterson and Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer) will each be having their third non-consecutive uncontested election. The last Assembly Republican to be elected unopposed more times than Patterson was Glenn Coolidge, who won his fifth uncontested campaign in 1960.

Four Republicans are running unopposed in 2022 (all for the Assembly). The last time four Republicans ran unopposed was 2010 (when two ran unopposed in Congress and two in the Assembly).

Candidates Running Unopposed in the June 2022 Primary:

Maria Elena Durazo (2022) – State Senate
Ben Allen (2022) – State Senate
Blanca Rubio (2022 & 2020 & 2018) – Assembly
Jim Patterson (2022 & 2020 & 2014) – Assembly
Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (2022 & 2016 & 2014) – Assembly
Heath Flora (2022) – Assembly
Buffy Wicks (2022) – Assembly
Mia Bonta (2022) – Assembly
Vince Fong (2022) – Assembly
Chris Holden (2022) – Assembly
Luz Rivas (2022) – Assembly
Miguel Santiago (2022) – Assembly
Phillip Chen (2022) – Assembly

Women in Statewide Office

As an update to a post from 2018, which noted that three was the highest number of women statewide officials to serve concurrently… the confirmation of Shirley Weber as Secretary of State brings that number to four, which is the new record for California. As a recap, the previous highs were:

4 Women in Statewide Office (2021-Present) – 3 Women in Statewide Office (2019-2021) – Eleni Kounalakis, Shirley Weber, Betty T. Yee, and Fiona Ma

3 Women in Statewide Office (2019-2021) – Eleni Kounalakis, Betty T. Yee, and Fiona Ma

2 Women in Statewide Office (1988-1989) – March Fong Eu and Elizabeth Whitney

1 Woman in Statewide Office (1967-1975) – Ivy Baker Priest