Sixteen candidates competed in the primary for the open seat left by the retirement of Rep. Henry Waxman (D). Of those 16, Elan Carr (R) and Ted Lieu (D) advanced past the primary. Trailing in third and fourth were Wendy Greuel (D) and Marianne Williamson (I). Despite the media attention surrounding Williamson's congressional run and the potential it had to cause the district to be competitive if she and a Democrat won the primary, she did not advance to the general election.
Candidate Filing Deadline
March 7, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014
Primary: California is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.
Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.Henry Waxman voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Henry Waxman voted for HR 2775.
She said in her endorsement, "I have worked closely with Ted Lieu for many years. He helped elect me as Speaker of the California Assembly and was on my leadership team during the deep fiscal crisis in California. We made the tough choices to get the state back on track, and that's exactly what Ted will do for our country. Ted's leadership, experience and bipartisan approach to solving some of the state's largest problems is what we need more of in Washington."
Lieu received the endorsement of the Democratic Party in a local vote on February 8, 2014.
Lieu was endorsed by former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan, a Republican.
On March 25, 2014, Lieu gained the endorsement of the California School Employees Association, the largest classified school employees union in the United States.
Lieu also received the endorsement of the California Teachers Association on April 4, 2014. CTA President Dean Vogel said, "Ted has always been a strong advocate for fully funding our public schools and colleges, which are finally beginning to heal from years of devastating cuts. We strongly endorse Ted Lieu for Congress, and look forward to his leadership in Washington."
Lieu received the endorsement of retiring incumbent Henry Waxman on June 5, 2014. Waxman said, "Ted is the son of hard-working immigrants and has served with distinction in our armed forces and in public office; his life story and experience have earned him my strong admiration. I endorse Ted Lieu because he will always work tirelessly to strengthen the middle class, make higher education more affordable, help workers save for retirement, and protect our privacy from intrusive NSA surveillance."
In an endorsement video, Longoria said, "There's a problem in the political system right now, and I find that we have to approach solving this problem in a new way ... and I find Marianne has the tools, the capability, the intellect, the ideology that is going to push against the status quo...She’s an amazing human being, a motivational speaker, and she’s running for Congress, actually [in California]."
Williamson also received the endorsement of Brent Roske, a fellow Independent candidate who dropped out of the race in May 2014.
Eva Longoria's endorsement of Marianne Williamson on April 1, 2014.