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Candidates Hoping to Run for Office Make it Official

The deadline has passed for those hoping to file candidacy for local, state and federal office. Many of these races could mean a major political shakeup.

The deadline has passed for those hoping to file candidacy for local, state and federal office. Many of these races could mean a major political shakeup. 

The candidates who are verified will move on to June's primary election. The top two vote getters in each race, regardless of political affiliation, then move on to November's midterm election.

Already, some are hoping there will be a big shakeup in store.

One hot button race will be the Fresno County district attorney's race.

"It's time to restore ethics, integrity and efficiency back into the office of the district attorney," says Lisa Smittcamp, former deputy district attorney, who intends to become a candidate.

Once the elections office verifies their paperwork, candidates will appear on the ballot in the June primary election.

Political analyst Thomas Holyoke says he'll be watching closely what happens with Republican Congressman David Valadao's seat, one that two democrats are vying for.

"That could be a really fiercly fought race. In fact, out of all the races in this area, that's probably going to be the fiercest," says Holyoke, an associate professor of political science at Fresno State.

Another big shakeup could come on the Fresno County Board of s=Supervisors, where two conservative incumbents, Phil Larson and Judy Case McNairy, will be retiring at the end of their terms.

It could mean a major shift in power.

"That situation hasn't existed for over 50 years where two incumbents are not running for the Board of Supervisors," says Fresno County  Clerk Brandi Orth.

One candidate who's drawn a lot of attention is Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who put herself in the running for state controller.

Holyoke says, besides raising major campaign funds, Swearengin will need to garner widespread support, not just from Republicans.

"In order to win, she is also going to have to attract significant amount of Democrat support and support from moderates throughout California."

For those races where the incumbent won't be running for re-election, by law, there's a five day extension to give other candidates a chance to jump into the race, Orth says.

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