Alex Dominguez decides against write-in campaign for Assembly

Dominguez would have followed a trend of young Republicans in the Central Valley looking to serve in the California Legislature.

One potential candidate who was weighing a write-in campaign for Assembly District 32 has decided against running. 

Water and agriculture attorney Alex Dominguez told The Sun that he will not run a write-in campaign after considering it for the past week. 


The backstory: Kern County Republicans were looking to send another Republican into a runoff against Asm. Vince Fong (R–Bakersfield), since he is running for Congress. 

  • Since the filing deadline has already passed, any candidate looking to get into the race would have to be elected via write-in votes. Such candidates would have to declare their candidacies with their local elections offices by Feb. 20. 
  • Support for Dominguez solidified in Kern County last week as Republicans looked for a write-in candidate in case a Democratic write-in candidate gained enough votes to advance to the November election while Fong would vacate the seat if he is elected to Congress. 

The big picture: Despite receiving immense support over the last week, Dominguez told The Sun that he will not run in the March primary as a write-in candidate. 

  • Dominguez plans to continue his law practice of representing farmers, growers and ranchers as they fight state regulations. 
  • He will also continue serving on the Kern County Bar Association. 

What they’re saying: “I am humbled by and thankful for the numerous phone calls, text messages, and e-mails that I have received from throughout Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties,” Dominguez said in a statement. 

  • He added, “I thank all of you who reached out to me and my family this week with words of encouragement. I look forward to exploring future opportunities to represent my family, friends, and neighbors in the Central Valley. So, stay tuned!” 
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