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AP120417140783-thumb-250x316-29602.jpgA special election has yet to be called, but there's already no shortage of names being floated as possible candidates to succeed Shafter Democrat Michael Rubio in the state Senate.

Rubio resigned Friday, just over halfway into his first term representing the Central Valley's 16th Senate District, to become manager of California government affairs for Chevron Corp. The decision, which the senator attributed to family needs, surprised many in the Capitol.

The seat will be filled in an upcoming special election, which will soon be set by Gov. Jerry Brown. Fresno Bee colleague John Ellis has the low down on some of the potential candidates for the seat at this link.

PHOTO CREDIT: State Sen. Michael Rubio, D-Bakersfield, left, a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing committee, explains to Sen. Doug La Malfa, R-Richvale, why he would vote against La Malfa's proposal to put a $68 billion high-speed rail plan back before California voters, Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli


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