On Tuesday, February 15, 2011 a special election will be held in the Los Angeles area for the California 17th Senate District. The candidates are Democrat Darren W. Parker and Republican Sharon Runner.
The California 17th Senate District includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Kern Counties. The majority of the residents in the 17th Senate District live in Los Angeles County.
Most recently, the California 17th Senate District seat was held by George Runner, who resigned after being elected to the California State Board of Equalization in the 2010 midterm elections. His wife, Sharon Runner, is running against Darren W. Parker. Sharon Runner is a former member of the California State Assembly.
Darren W. Parker has spoken out against career politicians who are part of a political dynasty. He has never run for public office until now. He is a small business owner who has served as a community and political activist. Darren W. Parker has been active with the California Democratic Party and has served on many Los Angeles area boards of directors.
Over the years, Darren W. Parker has worked to eliminate hate crimes in the community. He is a strong supporter of public safety and education.
Darren W. Parker promises to focus on the economy and jobs, particularly clean energy technology and green jobs. He is recognized locally as a person who can build consensus, which is sorely needed in Sacramento when the budget deficit looms before the state.
As the parent of 4 children in public school, Darren W. Parker promises to work toward improving our educational system and preparing California's students for the job market of the future.
Darren W. Parker has a long list of endorsements including California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Assembly Speaker John Perez, and Stonewall Young Democrats.