Gov. Jerry Brown. State photo

Gov. Jerry Brown has called an Oct. 3 special election to fill the 51st Assembly District seat vacated by Jimmy Gomez who was elected to Congress.

If no candidate receives a majority, as is expected with the large field, a runoff among the top two candidates, regardless of party, will be held Dec. 5.

The overwhelmingly Democratic district includes Echo Park, Chinatown, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, El Sereno, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Lincoln Heights, City Terrace, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles and a portion of Silver Lake.

Announced candidates in the race include Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees member Mike Fong; Gabriel Sandoval, deputy counsel to then- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from 2005-10; Franky Carrillo, who spent 20 years in prison before his murder conviction was overturned; former Montebello Unified School District Board of Education member David Vela; and Wendy Carrillo, a community advocate who unsuccessfully sought the House seat Gomez won.

The governor called the special election in an announcement Monday.

—City News Service

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