January 04, 2011 3:46 PM
From Staff Reports

SACRAMENTO • Former assemblywoman Sharon Runner and a union organizer from Lancaster are set to face off for the 17th Senate District, which includes the Victor Valley.

Runner and Parker were the only two candidates to file by Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline. Sen. George Runner resigned after winning election to the state Board of Equalization in November. So a special primary election to fill his senate seat is planned Feb. 15. It will be the first to be held under California’s new “top two” primary system, which allows voters in the to choose among all candidates, who for the first time had the option of stating a preference among political parties recognized by the state or listing themselves as nonpartisan.

Parker, a Democrat, is the former Political Director and International staff representative for the Communication Workers of America union. He is now a manager and 30-year employee of ATT.

Runner co-founded Desert Christian Schools and later formed a public relations and marketing company before being elected to the Assembly in 2002.

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