Sample ballot booklets are being mailed to more than 305,000 voters ahead of April 4’s Congressional District 34 Special Primary Election, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk announced Wednesday.
A field of 23 candidates will vie for the seat left open when Xavier Becerra was appointed as California’s attorney general last year, succeeding Democrat Kamala Harris after she was elected to the U.S. Senate.
The field in the overwhelmingly Democratic district includes 19 Democrats and one candidate each from the Republican, Green and Libertarian parties. Mark Edward Padilla, who described himself as an immigration law administrator, did not specify a party preference.
The district approximately stretches from Koreatown in the west to the Long Beach (710) Freeway in the east and from the Santa Monica (10) Freeway in the south to the Ventura (134) Freeway in the north. It includes downtown Los Angeles, the Westlake district, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights.
If no candidate receives a majority on April 4, a runoff between the top two finishers will be held June 6. Because of the large field, no candidate is expected to receive a majority in the April 4 vote.
—City News Service