Gov. Gavin Newsom Friday scheduled a special election for early next year to fill the Assembly seat being vacated by Ed Chau, who was appointed by the governor as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge.

The primary election for the 49th Assembly District seat will be held Feb. 15, with the general election April 19, according to the governor’s office.

The district includes Alhambra, Arcadia, El Monte, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City and parts of Montebello and South El Monte.

Chau, a 64-year-old Democrat, was elected to represent the district in November 2012. He had a private law practice for nearly 20 years prior to his election, and also served on the Montebello Unified School District board. He earned his law degree at Southwestern University.

His term in the Assembly was set to end next year.

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