U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein will compete for votes against almost two dozen challengers in the June 5 California primary.
According to the final list of candidates released Thursday by the secretary of state’s office, five opponents are fellow Democrats, 14 are Republicans, two are members of the Peace and Freedom Party, there is one Libertarian and one American Independent. No Green Party member chose to file.
Under new election rules, voters can vote for any candidate, regardless of party registration.
The top two vote-getters on June 5 will face each other again in November.
So far, Feinstein appears to not have much to worry about. With the primary a little over two months away, the challenger with the most name recognition in Orly Taitz, one of the best-known “birthers” in the United States who is trying to get President Barack Obama thrown out of office on allegations he was not born in the United States.
The list of challengers is:
- Coleen Shea Fernald, a Democrat from Santa Rose whose ballot designation is mother/consultant/artist;
- David Alex Levitt, a Sebastopol Democrat who describes himself as a computer scientist/engineer;
- Nak Shah, Democrat, a South San Francisco environmental health consultant;
- Diane Stewart, Democrat, a Discovery Bay businesswoman/finance manager;
- Mike Strimling, Democrat, a Piedmont consumer rights attorney;
- John Boruff, Republican, an Escondido businessman;
- Oscar Alejandro Braun, Republican, a Half Moon Bay businessman/rancher;
- Greg Conlon, Republican, a Burlingame businessman/CPA;
- Elizabeth Emken, Republican, a Danville businesswoman/nonprofit executive who has the endorsement of California Republican Party officials;
- Rojelio T. Gloria, Republican, a San Diego graduate student/businessman;
- Dan Hughes, Republican, a Vista small business owner;
- Dennis Jackson, Republican, a Rancho Cucamonga aerospace general manager;
- Dirk Allen Konopik, Republican, a Rancho Cucamonga MBA student;
- Donald Krampe, Republican, a Murrieta retired administration director;
- Robert Lauten, Republican, a Brea resident with no ballot designation;
- Al Ramirez, Republican, a Santa Monica businessman;
- Nachum Shifren, Republican, a Santa Monica educator/author/businessman;
- Orly Taitz, Republican, a Laguna Niguel doctor/attorney/businesswoman;
- Don J. Grundman, American Independent, a San Leandro doctor of chiropractic;
- Gail K. Lightfoot, Libertarian, an Arroyo Grande retired nurse;
- Kabiruddin Karim Ali, Peace and Freedom, an Ontario businessman; and
- Marsha Feinland, Peace and Freedom, a Berkeley retired teacher.
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