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The filing period for the 34th Congressional District special election ended Thursday, with eight more potential candidates filing, increasing the field to 24, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

The list of candidates who submitted enough valid signatures from voters in the district to qualify for the April 4 special election is required by state law to be announced by Wednesday.

Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez and former Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member Yolie Flores, a fellow Democrat, are among the potential candidates to have filed.

The special election was necessitated when Xavier Becerra was appointed as California’s attorney general, succeeding Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California.

The overwhelmingly Democratic district includes downtown Los Angeles, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights.

—City News Service

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