By Chris Wysocki
Bill introduction remains steady as we approach January 31, the legislative deadline for all two-year or holdover bills to pass, or they are considered dead for the session.
SPECIAL PRIMARY ELECTIONS SCHEDULED TO FILL FOUR ASSEMBLY VACANCIES
A special election will be held on February 15 to fill seats in Assembly Districts 17 and 49 vacated by former Democrat Assemblymembers David Chiu and Ed Chau, respectively. If no candidate in either district receives over 50% of the vote, the General Election runoff will take place on April 19 for both races.
Another special primary election will be held on April 5 to fill seats for the 11th Assembly District left vacant due to Democrat Assemblymember Jim Frazier’s retirement from office and the 80th Assembly District.
Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (Democrat, San Diego) recently announced her resignation to serve as the Chief Executive for the California Labor Federation. In both races, if no candidate receives over 50% of the vote in the Primary, the General Election runoff will be consolidated with the June 7 Statewide Primary Election.
SENATOR ANDREAS BORGEAS, ASSEMBLYMEMBER JORDAN CUNNINGHAM WILL NOT SEEK REELECTION
Senator Andreas Borgeas (Republican, Fresno) announced last week that he would not seek reelection in 2022. Senator Borgeas was elected in 2018 and has served as Vice-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (Republican, San Luis Obispo County) also announced that he would not seek reelection in 2022.
WMA NOTIFIES STATE LEGISLATORS OF FRANK J. EVANS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS WITHIN DISTRICTS
Every year, WMA notifies those state Assemblymembers and Senators within whose districts recent Frank J. Evans scholarship recipients reside. These legislators and their staff often respond by acknowledging or formally recognizing their achievements.
WMA sees this outreach as an opportunity to share and highlight the industry’s commitment to supporting these students and their educational pursuits. Again, we would like to thank our members whose generosity makes the Frank J. Evans Scholarship Fund possible.
UPDATE REGARDING WMA MEMBERSHIP SURVEY
If you haven’t already, there is still time to take the recently emailed survey to the membership. Please note that your input does make a difference. The survey results will help staff best determine the role WMA should play in California’s political process and prioritize the overall goals for the manufactured housing industry in the future.
The survey can also be found on WMA’s website by clicking here: https://www.wma.org/legislative-alert?vvsrc=%2fSurveys%2f7466%2fRespond
COVID-19 RESOURCES, INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON WMA WEBSITE
Finally, as a reminder, WMA continues to post pertinent COVID-19 related information as it becomes available. Please be sure to check out WMA’s COVID-19 page on our website, www.wma.org/covid-19-response.
Chris Wysocki is WMA’s State Legislative Advocate. He can be reached at email@example.com.