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February 4, 2014

Contact: Nicole Winger
(916) 653-6575

Secretary of State Bowen Announces
Certified List of 23rd Senate District Candidates

SACRAMENTO - Secretary of State Debra Bowen today announced the certified list of candidates who will appear on the March 25 Special Primary Election ballot for the 23rd Senate District. The candidates and their official ballot designations are:

  • Ameenah Fuller (Party Preference: Democratic) – Government Consultant
  • Ronald J. O’Donnell (Party Preference: Democratic) – Educator/Author
  • Mike Morrell (Party Preference: Republican) – Business Owner/Assemblymember
  • Crystal Ruiz (Party Preference: Republican) – Mayor Pro Tem
  • Jeff Hewitt (Party Preference: Libertarian) – Councilman/Business Owner

The Senate District 23 special election is being held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Bill Emmerson.

In a special primary, if one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast (50 percent plus one), no additional election is necessary. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, a runoff election will be held on June 3, with a ballot featuring the two candidates who received the most votes in the primary, regardless of party preference.

The official certified list of candidates with contact information is at