Republican Andy Vidak Picks Up Democratic State Senate Seat in Special Election
Republican Andy Vidak, a cherry farmer from the Central Valley, won a special election for State Senate District 16 on Tuesday, July 23, defeating Democrat Leticia Perez. The seat was most recently held by Democrat Senator Michael Rubio who resigned his position to work in the private sector.
Most importantly, Democrats will now only have a bare supermajority in the State Senate with 27 seats until September when a special election will occur to fill another Democrat vacancy. What this means is that any tax increase proposal would require every Democrat to vote in favor in order to pass.
This was the California Republican Party's first effort under new leadership to turn the tide. While the California Secretary of State must still certify the election on August 2 to make it official, Vidak's victory is a big morale boost for Republicans statewide and should help to instill confidence in the Party's rebuilding efforts under Chairman Jim Brulte and Vice Chairman Harmeet Dhillon.
Thanks to everyone who made phone calls and helped in this election. A special thank you to Precinct Organization committee chair Camille Hald for organizing all the "Get Out the Vote" effort for Nevada County in this race.