|California State Senate, District 21|
|March 19, 2015 - present|
|December 5, 2016|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||March 17, 2015|
|First elected||March 17, 2015|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|California State Senate, District 17|
|California State Assembly|
|Date of birth||May 17, 1954|
|Place of birth||Los Angeles, CA|
She previously served in the California State Senate, representing District 17 from 2011 to 2012. Runner was elected in a February 15, 2011, special election. The seat was formerly held by Runner's husband, George Runner (R), who resigned in December 2010 to take a position on the State Board of Equalization.
Runner served in the California State Assembly from 2002 to 2008 and held the position of Assistant Republican Leader.
Runner was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Antelope Valley. In 1977, she became a co-founder of Desert Christian Schools, one of California's largest private schools. She went on to found The Runner Group, a public relations/marketing company. While serving in the assembly, Runner authored Jessica's Law which imposed new restrictions on sexual predators. After leaving the California State Assembly, Runner became vice-president of California Women Lead which provides bi-partisan support for women seeking public office. In addition, she serves as President of the board of California's Women's Leadership Association, and served as co-chair for Meg Whitman's gubernatorial campaign. She is married to her husband George Runner. She has two children.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Runner served on these committees:
- Education Committee, California State Senate, Vice Chair
- Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, California State Senate
- Veterans Affairs Committee, California State Senate
Sharon Runner (R) was unopposed in the primary election on March 17. Because she was the only candidate, the special election on May 19 was called off.
A special election for the position of California State Senate District 21 was initially called for May 19. A primary election took place on March 17, 2015. Because there was only one candidate, the special election scheduled for May 19 was not necessary. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 23, 2015.
Runner defeated Darren Parker (D) in the February 15 special election for California State Senate District 17. Since only two candidates appeared on the ballot, Runner avoided the special runoff election originally scheduled for April 19.
The election was the first to follow the new primary structure created by Proposition 14 which passed in June of 2010. Under the new rules, all candidates will participate in a single primary with the top two candidates (unless one gets more than 50% of the vote) moving to a runoff in the general election. All registered voters may vote in the primary.
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- Profile from Open States
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- Campaign contributions: 2010
- California Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed January 28, 2015
- KHTS AM 1220, "Runner Resigns Today To Consolidate Election Process," December 21, 2010
- Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Brown calls special election for three vacant state Senate seats," January 13, 2015
- California Secretary of State, "Special election calendar," accessed January 14, 2015
- Hermosa Beach Patch, "Few hats in the ring for Oropeza's state Senate seat," December 18, 2010
- LA Times, "Winners avoid runoffs in two special elections for California Senate," February 16, 2011
- California Secretary of State, "Special Election Calendar"
- Redondo Beach Patch, "Feb. 15 Set for Special Election to Fill Oropeza's Seat," December 17, 2010
Stephen Knight (R)
|California State Senate District 21
| Succeeded by|
George Runner (R)
|California State Senate 17
| Succeeded by|
Bill Monning (D)
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