County Elections Office provides details for candidates wishing to run to fill vacant State Senate seat

Following is an official press release from the Contra Costa County Elections Office.

Governor Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that a special election has been scheduled for May 19, 2015 to fill the 7th District Senate seat vacated by the resignation of Mark DeSaulnier, who was elected to the U.S. Congress in the November 4, 2014 Gubernatorial General Election.

District 7 includes most of Contra Costa County, including Antioch. District 7 also includes Eastern Alameda County.  To view a map of the 7th Senatorial District, go to .

Candidates may file for the position beginning Tuesday, January 13th at the Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office at 555 Escobar St., Martinez. The office is open between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. The office will be closed on Monday, January 19, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

If more than two candidates file, a Special Primary Election will be held on March 17, 2015. If no candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote in the Primary Election, the top two vote-getters will go to the ballot in a Special General Election to be held May 19, 2015.

The last day to submit signatures in-lieu of the filing fee is Friday, January 16, 2015. The last day for candidates to apply is Friday, January 23rd.

The filing fee, which is due at the time of submitting of documents, had not been determined as of Tuesday afternoon. Updates on the fee will be posted on our Website

More information regarding the “Top-Two Primary” rules, voter registration, poll worker signups and polling place locations, is also available on the website.

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