California Insurance Commissioner Candidates

Action News Now is breaking down the candidates in major races in the 2018 Midterm Elections.

Posted: Nov 1, 2018 4:30 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2018 1:07 PM


Steve Poizner - 2,827,445 votes, 50 percent
Ricardo Lara - 2,787,790 votes, 50 percent 

**REMINDER: These are the unofficial results from the midterm elections. All official results must be certified by the Secretary of State.


One of the major races on the ballot on Nov. 6 is for California Insurance Commissioner.


  • Heads the Department of Insurance, which enforces California insurance laws and adopts regulations to implement the laws.

  • Licenses, regulates, and examines insurance companies.

  • Answers public questions and complaints about the insurance industry.


Ricardo Lara, Democrat


"Dear Californian, I am writing to share with you my core and simple belief—what we have in common is more important than what divides us. My mother was a seamstress. My father was a factory worker. They believed in the value of having insurance for the modest house they worked so hard to buy, and for the car that took them to their jobs. As they aged, they sacrificed a little more to buy life insurance..."

To read Lara's full candidate statement, CLICK HERE

Steve Poizner, no party preference


"From 2007–2011, I served as the California Insurance Commissioner, and am seeking your support for a 2nd term of public service. Why I am running as an Independent: The California Insurance Commissioner is a regulator requiring fierce independence from insurance companies and partisan party politics. With your support, I will be the first Independent to get elected statewide in California history. This will pave a path for others who are tired of partisan bickering and divisiveness..."

To read Poizner's full candidate statement, CLICK HERE

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