Kevin McCarthy+Sharon Runner

Then-Assembly Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, listen to floor debate about a levee bill in 2006.

By Christopher Cadelago
12/30/2014 6:37 AM

Former Republican state lawmaker Sharon Runner on Monday released a list of high-profile endorsements as she prepares to run for the Antelope Valley Senate seat coming vacant when Sen. Steve Knight officially takes his place in Congress.

Runner, 60, represented much of the area after winning a Senate special election in 2011, and said she has received the backing of Knight, along with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Assemblymen Tom Lackey and Scott Wilk and former Assemblyman Cameron Smyth.

Knight is expected to relinquish the Senate seat by early next week, meaning a special election would take place in March, and a possible runoff in May. Runner, who will formally enter the race once it’s called, said she plans to reach out to other potential candidates and leaders in the community in the coming weeks.

“My goal right now is trying to get all of the Republicans out of the race,” Runner told The Bee.

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