Thirteen candidates will appear on the ballot for Tuesday’s special election to fill the 51st Assembly District seat left vacant by the election of Jimmy Gomez to Congress.

The field in the overwhelmingly Democratic district includes 10 Democrats and one member each from the Libertarian and Peace and Freedom parties.

Government innovation consultant Patrick Koppula will be listed on the ballot without a party preference.

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.

Candidates 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; and former Montebello Unified School District Board of Education member David Vela.

Also on the ballot are Ron Birnbaum, a doctor; Wendy Carrillo, a community activist; Alex De Ocampo, a charity foundation adviser; Luis Lopez, a nonprofit healthcare director; Mario Olmos, a job developer; Barbara Torres, a union advocate; Mark Vargas, an education commission; Libertarian Andrew Aguero, a construction worker/student; and John Prysner, a warehouse operations coordinator and member of the Peace and Freedom Party.

Franky Carrillo, who spent 20 years in prison before his murder conviction was overturned, had filed to run, but did not qualify for the ballot.

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

The special election was prompted by Gomez’s election to Congress in a special election June 6.

—City News Service

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