Saturday, January 11, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Saturday morning.

Let the games begin! – Filing period opens in SD-23 Special Election

The filing period to run as a candidate in the 23rd Senate District Special Election starts today, and ends January 31.

The seat was formerly held by Bill Emmerson, who abruptly resigned December 1.

There’s a hefty price tag on the election for the district that spans two counties.

The two highest profile candidates, who have announced they are in the race, are State Assemblyman Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) and Yucaipa Valley Water District Board Member Lonni Granlund (R-Yucaipa). Granlund will no doubt take advice from her ex-husband, Sacramento Lobbyist and Former State Assemblyman Brett Granlund, which means Morrell will face an onslaught of negative hits that Morrell will need to counter.

The number of hits Granlund can deliver will depend on how much cash she can raise. I wouldn’t expect her to raise much from water district customers, whose rates have been jacked sky high under her tenure.

There other potential candidates from the eastern part of the district that could hurt Granlund’s vote count.

As of June 30, 2013, Morrell had $225,358 in cash-on-hand, and has likely raised more since.

Conaway forms District Attorney committee

Barstow Attorney Bob Conaway has setup a committee to run for San Bernardino County District Attorney this June.

California Secretary of State records reflect the “Bob Conaway for District Attorney of San Bernardino County 2014” is now on file.

Conaway joins the current field that includes Incumbent Michael A. Ramos and Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt.

Criminal Attorney Frank Guzman is also expected to file.