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Candidate filing deadline passes -- for some

March 9, 2012 |  6:07 pm

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The deadline for candidates to file in this year’s congressional and legislative races passed at 5 p.m. Friday. But that doesn’t mean the field has been set. For one thing, the filing period is extended to Wednesday (March 14) in districts with no incumbent running. 

And in this first election cycle since political maps were redrawn, it’s not always easy to tell who’s “the” incumbent. Sure, there are rules for deciding, but they’re complicated and sometimes come down to such details as whose current district accounted for the largest part of the new district. So elections officials in some counties were saying late Friday that they wouldn’t know for at least several hours which districts would have their filing periods extended.  

Then there’s the time it takes to verify every would-be candidate’s paperwork — up to several days after the filing period ends. And it doesn’t help that many candidates wait till the last minute to flood local registrars' offices with their nomination papers.

Friday’s deadline prompted several candidates to get into the races at the eleventh hour. 

Among them was Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat, who jumped into the contest for the newly drawn 65th Assembly District, whose seat is currently held by Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton).

Another last-minute candidate was financial advisor Dante Acosta, a Republican who on Friday joined a growing field of contenders to take on Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) in the 25th Congressional District. Among them is Catherine Wright, the daughter of former state Sen. Cathie Wright, a Republican from Simi Valley.

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 Photo: A recent election day.  Credit: Associated Press

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