California Code, Government Code - GOV § 82007

Candidate” means an individual who is listed on the ballot or who has qualified to have write-in votes on his or her behalf counted by election officials, for nomination for or election to any elective office, or who receives a contribution or makes an expenditure or gives his or her consent for any other person to receive a contribution or make an expenditure with a view to bringing about his or her nomination or election to any elective office, whether or not the specific elective office for which he or she will seek nomination or election is known at the time the contribution is received or the expenditure is made and whether or not he or she has announced his or her candidacy or filed a declaration of candidacy at such time.  “Candidate” also includes any officeholder who is the subject of a recall election.  An individual who becomes a candidate shall retain his or her status as a candidate until such time as that status is terminated pursuant to Section 84214 .  “Candidate” does not include any person within the meaning of Section 301(b) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971  1.

1  2 U.S.C.A. § 431.

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