A special primary election is coming up on Tuesday, March 26 for California’s District 1 Senate Seat. Five candidates are in the race, four of whom are Republicans. Those Republican candidates are Brian Dahle, Theodore Dziuba, Rex Hime, and Kevin Kiley. Silke Pflueger is the only Democrat left in the running.

A special primary election is coming up on Tuesday, March 26 for California’s District 1 Senate Seat. Five candidates are in the race, four of whom are Republicans. Those Republican candidates are Brian Dahle, Theodore Dziuba, Rex Hime, and Kevin Kiley. Silke Pflueger is the only Democrat left in the running.

A second Democratic candidate, Steven Baird, has dropped out of the race but his name remains on the ballot.

The District 1 Senate seat was recently vacated by Ted Gaines after he was elected to the Board of Equalization in November of 2018. If one of the five candidates gets a majority of the vote on March 26, there would be no need for a special general election in June. If no single candidate is the clear victor on March 26, the top two candidates would duke it out on June 4 to represent District 1.

District 1 encompasses all of Siskiyou County and runs to the eastern edge of the state and south to the Lake Tahoe area. It wraps around the Sacramento Valley along the northern Sierra Nevada to the eastern Sacramento suburbs.

Stories about each of the candidates, including their backgrounds and positions on local issues can be found at our website, www.mtshastanews.com.