Voters in the western San Fernando Valley will head to the polls Tuesday to choose from among eight candidates looking to fill the Assembly seat vacated by Matt Dababneh, who resigned following sexual misconduct allegations.

Dababneh, a Woodland Hills Democrat, resigned at the end of December. He had been accused of sexual misconduct by at least two women, including a female lobbyist who said Dababneh masturbated in front of her during a party in Las Vegas.

Dababneh denied any wrongdoing.

Six candidates in the running to replace him are Democrats, while one is Republican and one — former Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine — gave no party preference. The 45th Assembly District, which includes areas such as Encino, Northridge, Reseda, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Calabasas and Winnetka, is about 49 percent Democrat, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

The only Republican on the ballot is Justin Clark, an 18-year-old Cal State Northridge student who contends that while he is young, he “cares deeply” about the community and has grown “increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress coming out of Sacramento.”

Six Democrats are looking to fill the seat:

— Raymond Bishop, who owns a business-consulting and financial services firm, and was previously a restaurant/club owner and state film commissioner;

— Jeff Bornstein, an electronics company owner and previous Los Angeles City Council candidate;

— Daniel Brin, president of the West Hills Neighborhood Council Board of Directors and former editor of the Heritage community newspapers;

— Jesse Gabriel, a civil rights attorney taking part in lawsuits against the Trump Administration in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and a member of the county Commission on Local Government Services;

— Ankur Patel, a former LAUSD board candidate who served as treasurer of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council and works as a staff member for LAUSD board member Scott Schmerelson; and

— Tricia Robbins Kasson, an aide to City Councilman Bob Blumenfield and former Woodland Hills-area planning associate and one-time planning deputy to City Councilman Jose Huizar.

If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to a June 5 general election.

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