Polls opened at 7 a.m. today as voters across the Eastside prepare to select one of 13 candidates seeking to represent California’s 51st Assembly District,
With so many candidates in the running, it’s unlikely that anyone of them will be able to garner 50% of the vote to be declared the winner. Instead, many expect the two top vote getters to compete in a runoff schedule for Dec. 5.
- Click here to find out if you live in the district and here to find your polling place and sample ballot. Polls close at 8 p.m.
The race, as the L.A. Times notes, has been a “low-wattage and relatively low-dollar race so far” in which of the mostly Democratic, liberal candidates have not been able to break out of the pack. 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.
Today’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.
The 51st Assembly District covers most of the Eastside, stretching from Echo Park and Silver Lake on the west, Eagle Rock and Highland Park on the north and El Sereno and unincorporated East Los Angeles on the east.
51st Assembly District Candidates
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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