There have been several elections — city, state, federal –over the past year but another is coming up next Tuesday, Oct. 3 for California’s 51st Assembly District,. By the time 2017 is over, this year’s extended election season means that some Eastside voters might have gone to the polls six times to cast ballots in primary and runoff elections.
Next week’s special election was called after former Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for California’s 34th District. Gomez was the winner of a special election to replace Xavier Becerra, who left Congress to become Attorney General of California.
With 13 candidates competing to represent the 51st, a runoff election — yes, another one — is likely to happen on Dec. 5.
The contenders (see the list below) include a dermatologist, an Echo Park man who was wrongly imprisoned, and a woman who ran for Congress just last April.
ANDREW S. AGUERO | LIBERTARIAN PARTY
RON BIRNBAUM | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
WENDY CARRILLO | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
ALEX DE OCAMPO | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Charitable Foundation Adviser
MIKE FONG | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Los Angeles Community College District Board Member
PATRICK KOPPULA | NO PARTY PREFERENCE
Government Innovation Consultant
LUIS LÓPEZ | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Nonprofit Healthcare Director
MARIO OLMOS | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
JOHN PRYSNER | PEACE & FREEDOM PARTY
Warehouse Operations Coordinator
GABRIEL SANDOVAL | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
BARBARA TORRES | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Union Member Advocate
MARK VARGAS | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
DAVID VELA | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
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