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The California secretary of state released the official list of eligible candidates for state and federal offices. For governor, 27 hopefuls are running to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown.

That list includes 12 Democrats and five Republicans. Others are registered Green, Libertarian, Peace and Freedom or no party preference.

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Of the 27, seven have established themselves as mainstream candidates: Democrats Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom; State Treasurer John Chiang; former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (listed as Public Policy Advisor on the ballot); former state Superintendent of Education Delaine Eastin; and former Hillary Clinton staffer Amanda Renteria. For the Republicans, Assemblyman Travis Allen and businessman John Cox are the most viable candidates.

Even more crowded is the field for U.S. senator. Dianne Feinstein is running for re-election. Of her 31 challengers, the most notable is state Sen. Kevin de León. Both are Democrats.

Under California’s “jungle” primary system, the top-two vote getters, regardless of party, move on to the November general election.

A full list of all candidates can be found here.

Here’s a look state and federal races within the Valley jurisdictions:

Board of Equalization — District 1

Name Party
Tom Hallinan Democrat
Connie Conway Republican
David Evans Republican
Ted Gaines Republican


U.S. Representative — District 4

Name Party
Regina Bateson Democrat
Roza Calderon Democrat
Robert Lawton Democrat
Jessica Morse Democrat
Tom McClintock (incumbent) Republican
Mitchell White Republican


U.S. Representative — District 10

Name Party
Mike Barkley Democrat
Michael Eggman Democrat
Josh Harder Democrat
Virginia Madueno Democrat
Dotty Nygard Democrat
Jeff Denham (incumbent) Republican
Ted Howze Republican


U.S. Representative — District 16

Name Party
Jim Costa (incumbent) Democrat
Elizabeth Heng Republican


U.S. Representative — District 21

Name Party
TJ Cox Democrat
David Valadao (incumbent) Republican


U.S. Representative— District 22

Name Party
Bobby Bliatout Democrat
Rico Franco Democrat
Andrew Janz Democrat
Devin Nunes (incumbent) Republican
Billy Merryman Libertarian
Brian Carroll No party preference


U.S. Representative — District 23

Name Party
Mary Helen Barro Democrat
Tatiana Matta Democrat
Wendy Reed Democrat
Kurtis Wilson Democrat
Kevin McCarthy (incumbent) Republican
James Davis No party preference


State Senator — District 8

Name Party
Paulina Miranda Democrat
Tom Pratt Democrat
Andreas Borgeas Republican
Mark Belden No party preference

Note: Sen. Tom Berryhill is termed out.


State Senator — District 12

Name Party
Anna Caballero Democrat
Daniel Parra Democrat
Rob Poythress Republican
Johnny Tacherra Republican

Note: Sen. Anthony Cannella is termed out.


State Senator — District 14

Name Party
Melissa Hurtado Democrat
Ruben Macareno Democrat
Abigail Solis Democrat
Andy Vidak (incumbent) Republican


State Senator — District 16

Name Party
Ruth Musser-Lopez Democrat
Shannon Grove Republican
Gregory Tatum Republican

Note: Sen. Jean Fuller is termed out.


Assembly — District 23

Name Party
Aileen Rizo Democrat
Jim Patterson (incumbent) Republican


Assembly — District 26

Name Party
Jose Sigala Democrat
Warren Gubler Republican
Jack Lavers Republican
Devon Mathis (incumbent) Republican


Assembly — District 31

Name Party
Joaquin Arambula (incumbent) Democrat
Lupe Espinoza Republican


Assembly — District 32

Name Party
Rudy Salas (incumbent) Democrat
Justin Mendes Republican

Other notes:  21st District Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) is unopposed.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email