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State of California (Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yuba Counties) November 6, 2012 Election
State Senator; District 4-2010 Voter Information

Unexpired Short Term Ending 2014.

A runoff may be held on 1/8/2013 between the top 2 candidates who received the most votes if neither receives a majority. If one candidate receives a majority of votes in this election, that candidate wins and no runoff will be held.

Runoff Election 1/8/2013

Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Jim Nielsen 188,207 votes 49.8%

    Official Ballot Statement

  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Rancher/Independent Businessman
Michael "Mickey" Harrington 104,572 votes 27.7%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Labor Council President
Dan Logue (Withdrawn) 43,303 votes 11.5%

    Official Ballot Statement

Jann Reed Click here for more information about this candidate 24,966 votes 6.6%

    Official Ballot Statement

  • Party: No Party Preference
  • Occupation: School Board Member
  • Bachelor's Degree, Microbiology, Cal State University, Chico
  • trustee, Chico Unified School District 2004-2012
  • community volunteer, Chico, CA 1986-present
  • clinical laboratory technologist, 1980-1988
  • Stabilize funding for K-16 public education
  • Eliminate waste in current state spending
  • Make sure State budget passed on time without gimmicks
Dan Levine 9,882 votes 2.6%
  • Party: No Party Preference
  • Occupation: Graduate Student/Rancher
Benjamin "Ben" Emery (Withdrawn) 7,146 votes 1.9%
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The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund has asked all candidates for this office to respond to 4 questions on Budget, Government reform, Higher education, and Major issues.

Official Information

Secretary of State

  • This special election is being held to fill the seat vacated by Doug LaMalfa. Voters are those who were eligible to vote in the 2010 regular election for Senate District 4.
  • About this Special Election
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Candidate Forums

  • Monday, October 8, 2012; 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    Candidates running for this race (SD4) and State Senate District 1 and State Assembly District 1
    Hosted and moderated by the LWV Redding Area
    Redding Library Community Room
    1100 Parkview Avenue, Redding
    7 pm - Thurs, October 25, 2012
    Chico City Council Chambers
    411 Main Street, Chico, CA
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