Democrat Lena Gonzalez, a Long Beach councilwoman, and Republican Jack Guerrero, a Cudahy councilman, will square off Tuesday in a runoff election for the vacant 33rd Senate District seat.

Gonzalez led a field of 12 candidates in the March 26 primary election, earning about 30 percent of the vote. Guerrero placed second with 15 percent.

Since no candidate earned more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers in the race advanced to Tuesday’s runoff.

The special election was prompted by Ricardo Lara’s election as state insurance commissioner.

Gonzalez, 38, says she led the fight for higher-paying jobs in Long Beach and want to continue working to strengthen the Port of Long Beach and fight to ensure the district receives its “fair share” of affordable-housing funding.

She also named environmental protection, education, safer neighborhoods and affordable healthcare as hallmarks of her campaign.

Guerrero, 44, touts his work in the public and private sectors, along with his Stanford and Harvard educational background. He said he is committed to eliminating corruption in local governments, addressing the state’s unfunded pension liability, overhauling the state’s education system and making California more business-friendly.

He said the state needs to reduce “excessive taxation across the board.”

The 33rd Senate District includes Bell Gardens, Bell, Signal Hill, South Gate, Paramount, Vernon, Lynwood, Maywood, Huntington Park and Cudahy, along with a large portion of Long Beach.

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