Capitol Alert: Brown schedules special elections to replace Blumenfield, Price

amantz@sacbee.comJuly 2, 2013 

Gov. Jerry Brown issued proclamations on Tuesday to schedule special elections to fill two vacancies in the California Legislature.

The special elections to replace former Los Angeles legislators Sen. Curren Price and Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield will be held on Nov. 19. The primary elections will be held on September 17.

Price and Blumenfield both left the Legislature last week to take posts on the Los Angeles City Council. Price will represent District 9, and Blumenfield will serve District 3.

The departure of Blumenfield caused the Assembly lose its Democratic supermajority. Before Blumenfield's last day, the lower house crammed in several votes on bills that required a two-thirds margin to pass.

The timing of the special elections Brown set Tuesday means the Assembly will regain its supermajority before this year's session adjourns on Sept. 13 only if a Democrat captures 50 percent of the vote in a crowded special election field on July 23 in an inland Southern California district. There are seven Democrats, one Republican and one non-partisan -- Ontario Mayor Paul Leon -- in the race.

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