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Who will replace Xavier Becerra as the Eastside’s congress rep?

Rep. Xavier Becerra

Rep. Xavier Becerra

After  serving in Congress for nearly a quarter century, Rep. Xavier Becerra said this morning that he had accepted Gov. Jerry Brown’s nomination to serve as state attorney general. The campaign to replace Becerra began soon after. In fact, it began within an hour of the governor’s announcement. One former state official said he was going to run to represent California’s 34th congressional district while some Eastside councilmembers were said to be potential contenders.

The 34th congressional district includes most of the Eastside.  It stretches from Boyle Heights and City Terrace to  Eagle Rock and Highland Park and also includes Downtown L.A., Koreatown and the portion of Echo Park south of the 101 Freeway.

Brown’s decision to have Becerra replace Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last month, comes only a few weeks after Becerra was re-elected with nearly 79% of the vote.  Now it looks like the voters in the 34th district will soon have to return to the polls to elect a replacement. If Becerra’s nomination is approved by both houses of the state legislature, a special election would have to be held, most likely in the late spring of 2017, according to The L.A. Times.

A springtime election won’t give candidates much time to prepare, fundraise and campaign for the race.  Former Assembly Speaker John A. Perez  wasted no time, announcing his candidacy this morning and receiving the endorsement of former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa soon after, reports the Sacramento Bee.

The Bee also mentioned that 1st District Councilman Gil Cedillo, who is running for re-election, could be a possible candidate.  A Cedillo aide told the Bee that the councilman “remained focused on reelection to the city council in March, but that he was still exploring all of his options.”

Meanwhile, Roll Call said that 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar “may start with the highest name recognition and has proven to be a strong fundraiser.”  The publication also mentioned that school board member Monica Garcia and state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, who lives in Angeleno Heights, were also “in the mix” of potential candidates.

One Eastside politician who said he is not interested in running for Becerra’s seat is State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, according to the Sacramento Bee.

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8 comments

  1. Huizar? Barf.
    Cedillo? Double-barf.

  2. Gee, thanks, Jerry. Not psyched about this. We have a very capable representative in Congress who’s worked his way up into a position of prominence, and now we’ll have to replace him with yesterday’s leftovers. Great.

  3. Can anyone look at the map and say that California is not still gerrymandering districts?

  4. The thought of Cedillo taking the place of the very competent and intelligent representative that we have in Bacerra is rather depressing when we are really going to need the absolute best and brightest representing our interests in the coming trump years. I’m torn about Bacerra leaving congress. I want him there looking out for us but we are also going to need a very strong state attorney general in the next four years looking out for us too.

  5. GloMo can take this one if she wants it.

  6. Congrats to Congressman Becerra! Sadly, there are NO rising stars in our community who can fill his shoes!
    Congressman Becerra is a morally excellent person with character virtues lacking in many of the individuals hoping to run for his congressional seat. Congressman Becerra will be missed as our congressional representative; but, much greatly appreciated as our newly soon-to-be appointment Attorney General.

  7. Are there any viable female candidates for this seat? Not one woman has been mentioned in any article I’ve seen since Becerra’s announcement…..smh.

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