Republican candidate for state Senate Sharon Runner, middle, chats with supporters in 2011. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
By Patrick McGreevy
January 23, 2015
Former Republican state Sen. Sharon Runner of Lancaster, who rebounded after receiving a double lung transplant three years ago, was the only candidate to file papers by Friday’s deadline to run in a special election to fill a Senate seat vacated when Steve Knight was elected to Congress.