California's 35th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 35th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Gloria Negrete McLeod Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 35th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Norma Torres (D) and Christina Gagnier (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3. Torres received over 67 percent of the vote in the four-way Democratic primary. Therefore, she appears to be a strong favorite to win in November.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register to by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).[4]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Gloria Negrete McLeod (D), who was first elected in 2012. McLeod is not seeking re-election in 2014.[5]

California's 35th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes part of San Bernardino County.[6]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Norma Torres
Democratic Party Christina Gagnier

June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Christina Gagnier Approveda
Democratic Party Scott Heydenfeldt
Democratic Party Norma Torres - State senator Approveda
Democratic Party Anthony Vieyra


Democratic Party Paul Avila

Primary results

U.S. House, California District 35 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNorma Torres 67.1% 14,001
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristina Gagnier 15.5% 3,236
     Democratic Scott Heydenfeldt 9.5% 1,979
     Democratic Anthony Vieyra 8% 1,664
Total Votes 20,880
Source: The New York Times Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[7] 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.[8] Gloria Negrete McLeod voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[9]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[10] 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. Gloria Negrete McLeod voted for HR 2775.[11]

Campaign contributions

Christina Gagnier

Christina Gagnier (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2014$0$16,688$(12,665)$4,023
Pre-Primary[13]May 27, 2014$4,023$13,034$(15,212)$2,141
Running totals

Scott Heydenfeldt

Scott Heydenfeldt (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 21, 2014$0$8,785$(8,785)$0
Pre-Primary[15]May 22, 2014$0$1,350$(350)$1,000
Running totals

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Heydenfeldt's committee owed $9,135 in outstanding loans to Scott Heydenfeldt.

Norma Torres

Norma Torres (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2014$0$48,162$(14,995)$33,166
Pre-Primary[17]May 22, 2014$33,166$54,048$(76,576)$10,637
Running totals

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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On November 6, 2012, Gloria Negrete McLeod (D) won election to the United States House. She defeated Joe Baca in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 35 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGloria Negrete McLeod 55.9% 79,698
     Democratic Joe Baca Incumbent 44.1% 62,982
Total Votes 142,680
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Maxine Waters won re-election to the United States House. She defeated K. Bruce Brown (R) and Suleiman Charles Edmondson (Write-in) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House, California District 35 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaxine Waters incumbent 79.3% 98,131
     Republican K. Bruce Brown 20.7% 25,561
     N/A Suleiman Charles Edmondson 0% 2
Total Votes 123,694

See also

External links


  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. California Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. The Washington Post, "Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Calif.) won’t seek re-election," February 18, 2014
  6. California Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Christina Gagnier April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Christina Gagnier Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Heydenfeldt April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Heydenfeldt Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Norma Torres April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Norma Torres Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013