Political Notebook

Two years after leaving legislature, Conway wins Tulare GOP seat

Tulare Republican Connie Conway
Tulare Republican Connie Conway

A year and a half after leaving political office, former Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway is back in the political world.

It’s almost certain she never left, but now she’s officially back after winning election to the Tulare County Republican Central Committee.

Conway, a Tulare Republican, says her decision to run was simple: County GOP Chairman James Henderson asked is would consider running.

“I did agree to it,” Conway says.

Initial results show her with 38.6 percent of the vote. That makes her the top vote getter among five candidates in District 2. Four of the five will win spots on the central committee.

Conway has never before been on the Republican central committee, but it’s not like she didn’t have a say before. During her six years in the state Assembly, she made an appointment to the committee. And Conway has never been shy about sharing her opinions.

The bigger news is that Conway will run for the state Senate in 2018.

“Oh yes, definitely,” Conway said. “I’m running.”

It’s not that Conway has ever made a secret that she would run for the seat currently held by Bakersfield Republican Jean Fuller, who is termed out in 2018. Conway long ago opened a state Senate campaign account, and it currently holds around $114,000.

Her primary competitor will likely be Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield.