Candidates seeking Lantos' seat must file by
By Caitlin Cassady
February 13, 2008
Candidates hoping to run in the April 8 special election to fill
the vacant congressional seat left by the late Tom Lantos must
file Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination papers by Feb. 25,
according to an election calendar released this afternoon by the
secretary of state's office.
A list of certified candidates for the election will then be
sent to county officials by March 3.
Lantos died early Monday morning at the Bethesda Naval Medical
Center in Maryland due to complications from cancer.
The 80-year-old congressman, who was diagnosed with esophageal
cancer in late December, announced he would not seek re-election
to the U.S. House of Representatives, but had committed to serving
the rest of his 14th term through December, his spokeswoman Lynne
Former state senator Jackie Speier announced her intention to
run for the open congressional seat on Jan. 13 at Leo Ryan Park
in Foster City. Before his death Lantos had endorsed her for his
Now Speier will be running in the April 8 special election, her
spokesman said today.
"We thought the June primary was first step, but now with
the recent news that date has been pushed up we will certainly
be running in April," spokesman Alex Tourk said.
The winner of the April election will be filling out the remainder
of Lantos' term, secretary of state spokeswoman Kate Folmar said.
However, that person will not automatically hold the seat for
the upcoming election as well. The winner of the special election
will have to run again in the June 3 statewide primary if he or
she wants to fill the position for the two-year congressional
term beginning in 2009.
If for some reason no one candidate for the seat gets more than
50 percent of the vote in the April election, the top vote getters
from each party will be put on the June ballot, Folmar said.
The winner of that contest will then fill out the remainder of
Lantos, D-San Mateo/San Francisco, was the only Holocaust survivor
to be elected to Congress and served as a senior member of the
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He was the
founding co-chairman of the 24-year-old Congressional Human Rights
Caucus, and was elected chairman of the House Committee on Foreign
Affairs in January 2007, according to Weil.
He leaves behind his wife, two daughters, 18 grandchildren and
A public memorial service will be held Thursday for Lantos at
Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., according