by Garrett Frisk
Longtime California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is not seeking re-election in 2024, creating a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the state's aspiring politicians. Due to the high population and extensive geographic and racial diversity of California, there is no shortage of people who want to be the state's next Senator, many of whom might never get another shot. Most press coverage of the 2024 California Senate race has focused on the three major candidates-- Adam Schiff, Katie Porter, and Barbara Lee--but there are several other candidates who have filed paperwork with the FEC and launched campaigns. Here are some of them:
Raji Rab is a commercial pilot who has also worked as an educator. He lives in West Hills, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. He has run against U.S. Representative Brad Sherman in every election since 2016, though he has never advanced to the general election. His best performance was in 2016, when he finished fourth with 5.4% of the vote. He also ran for Los Angeles City Council in 2019 and finished last in the primary, polling 1.5% of the vote. He is a Democrat and supports Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. His website can be found here.
Jessica Resendez is a digital content editor and progressive activist. A Democrat, she grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but now lives in Yuba City, the seat of Sutter County. Her campaign Facebook page can be found here.
Roxanne Lawler is a contract administrator from San Jose. She is a Republican, and this appears to be her first candidacy for public office. Her campaign Twitter can be found here.
Fepbrina Keivaulqe Autiameineire is a nonprofit administrator from Gilroy, a city in Santa Clara County. An independent, she is also running for U.S. House in the 18th congressional district against incumbent Democrat Zoe Lofgren. Autiameineire previously ran for both U.S. Senate and the 27th congressional district in 2022, but failed to make the ballot in either race. Her website can be found here.
It will be difficult for any of these minor candidates to run a serious campaign. The 2024 California Senate race is expected to be one of the most expensive elections in U.S. history.