Special election set for Senate seat
Tomorrow, March 21 is the deadline to file signatures-in-lieu for the Special Primary Election for State Senate District 16 set for Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Rita A. Woodard, Tulare County Registrar of Voters, recently announced the Nomination Period for the senate election will end on Friday, March 29. Office hours for the Tulare County Elections, 5951 S. Mooney Blvd. are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon on Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013. The nonrefundable filing fee and/or signatures-in-lieu must be presented at the time the candidate picks up the Nomination Packet during the Nomination Period. For further information regarding filing for an elective office, call (559) 624-7300 or for information regarding nomination papers that have been filed, check our current Candidate list at www.tularecoelections.org.
The special election was called to fill the seat – which serves parts of Fresno, Kings and Tulare Counties – vacated by former Sen. Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) who announced his resignation on Feb. 22. Rubio resigned his position to accept a job with Chevron as a governmental affairs manager in Sacramento. His resignation was effective as of Feb. 22. Rubio said stepping down from his office would allow him to spend more time with his family.
Rubio was elected to the 16th State Senate District in November 2010 after serving as the Fifth District representative on the Kern County Board of Supervisors. He was the youngest Senator currently serving in the legislature and a rising political star.
Last year, Rubio was named chair of the State Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee which oversees bills relating to environmental quality, air quality, water quality, integrated waste management, toxics, and hazardous waste. His decision comes just as he was scheduled to introduce a bill to modernize the 1970 landmark legislation known as the CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act).
Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) was recently confirmed as Chair of the committee and Rubio’s vacancy on the committee was filled by another Valley representative, Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield).
“I want to congratulate Senator Hill on his appointment and welcome him to this Committee, which will oversee the crafting of any changes to the California Environmental Quality Act,” Fuller said. “Too often, this law has been used to unnecessarily impede or block projects and development across California that would have, otherwise, provided more jobs for our workforce and improve the economic activity in nearly every region. CEQA, as it’s commonly known, is in need of critical reform so that it better reflects the priorities of our state in the 21st century.”
State Senator Fuller represents the 18thSenate District, which includes Bakersfield, Barstow, Big Bear City, Bishop, California City, Exeter, Frazier Mountain, Lone Pine, Mojave, Needles, Porterville, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Taft, Tehachapi, Twentynine Palms, Tulare, Visalia and other areas in the Kern River Valley and in Inyo and San Bernardino counties.