Peace & Freedom Party Member Enters California Special State Senate Election in Bakersfield

California holds a special election on May 21 to fill the vacant State Senate seat, 16th district, in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Five candidates will appear on the ballot: three Democrats, one Republican, and one member of the Peace & Freedom Party. The PFP candidate is Mohammad Arif. He is the first person, other than registered Democrats or Republicans, to appear on the ballot for any California special partisan election this year. This election will be the third special State Senate in California so far this year.


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  1. 4th actually. The runoff for SD-4 was on January 4.

    Three of the senate special elections are due to senators becoming congressmen, mid-term. One of them had the decency to resign after advancing from the primary, so that the special primary was in November 2012. Two resigned after they were elected to Congress, and one resigned mid-term.

    All 4 districts are even-numbered, and thus being contested on the old district boundaries (before the 2011 redistricting).

    If California ended all senate terms following redistricting, there would likely have been no special elections, plus you would not have 4 million Californians who do not have an elected senator.

    Incidentally, Frank Ramirez, one of the candidates in the SD-16 special election was a registered Libertarian until some time this year. He has an interesting registration history.

  2. Mr. Mohammad Arif is an experienced politician among all four candidates.
    I will vote for him , he is the hope for the Poor.

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