California elections set to fill late senator’s seat |

California elections set to fill late senator’s seat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has set the dates for elections to fill the vacancy left by state Sen. Dave Cox’s death.

Schwarzenegger spokesman Matt Connelly said Monday that the primary election will be Nov. 2, the same day as the statewide general election. A special election would take place Jan. 4 if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, the filing period for candidates begins Aug. 31 and lasts through Sept. 20. Interested candidates must file with the county elections official.

Cox, a Republican from Fair Oaks, died July 13 of cancer. He was 72.

Cox represented the heavily Republican 1st Senate District that includes parts of 12 Sierra and foothill counties.

His death leaves two vacancies in the 40-member chamber.

Republican Abel Maldonado left to become lieutenant governor in April. A special election is set for Aug. 17 to fill Maldonado’s Central Coast seat.

– The Tribune staff contributed to this report.

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