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Eastside voters to return to the polls this fall for state assembly race

51st State Assembly District | State of California

Prepare  yourself for another round of political mailers, candidate forums and fundraising requests. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday  announced the dates for a special election for 51st Assembly District, which stretches from Echo Park to East Los Angeles. The primary will be held  Oct. 3 followed by the runoff on Dec. 5.

The district was put into play after former 51st Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Eagle Rock was elected to Congress in June, filling the vacancy created when Rep. Xavier Becerra was appointed State Attorney General. 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.

Campaigning for the assembly district has already begun despite a lack of an election date. So far more than a dozen candidates have announced their intention to compete in the 51st Assembly District race.

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