After the resignation of Republican State Senator John J. Benoit of the 37th of the 40 Senate Districts, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered a special election to be held on June 8th, 2010. On November 30, 2009 John J. Benoit resigned his post as State Senator to become a Riverside County Supervisor.
The 37th District is the 10th largest Senate District in California serving approximately 846,000 residents. The voter registration is 48% Republican, 35% Democrat, and 17% Other. The 37th District covers Coachella Valley, which includes the cities of Palm Springs, La Quinta, Palm Desert; the central valleys of the Inland Empire, which includes the cities of Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley and Perris; the San Gorgonio Pass region, which includes the cities of Beaumont and Calimesa; and unincorporated areas of Cabazon, Cherry Valley, and Sun City. Corono and Norco make up one-fifth of the 37th District.
In order for a State Senator candidate to participate in the June 8 Election they should’ve submitted 3,000 signatures of registered voters in the 37th District by February 14, 2010. For more information on qualifications and requirements to run for State Senator of California, please visit http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/Special/sd37/sd37-qualifications-requirements.pdf.
The Primary Election for State Senator of the 37th District is April 13, 2010 and the General Election is June 8, 2010. For more information on Voter Registration, please visit http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm