The Buzz: California congressman files campaign papers with wrong district

December 28, 2013 

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Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, represents the 39th Congressional District but listed the 40th – a strongly Democratic district – on his re-election candidacy statement.

BULLIT MARQUEZ — The Associated Press

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    Friday marked the official start of the 2014 election calendar, when would-be candidates for the June 3 statewide primary could begin collecting voter signatures to get on the ballot instead of paying filing fees. Statewide candidates have to collect 10,000 signatures, state Senate and congressional candidates, 3,000; and Assembly candidates, 1,500. Signatures are due by Feb. 20. Filing fees total $953 for Assembly and Senate, $1,740 for Congress, and range from $2,783 to $3,480 for statewide offices.

    – Jim Miller

It’s been more than two years since California redrew its political map, but old district-numbering habits linger for Rep. Ed Royce.

Royce, R-Fullerton, filed a statement of candidacy this week for his re-election campaign. But instead of listing the 39th Congressional District he has represented since winning re-election last fall, he listed the 40th Congressional District, the number of his district during the 2000’s.

And yes, that’s a typo, said Royce consultant Dave Gilliard. The redrawn 40th is in Los Angeles County, represented by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles, and has a 47-percentage point Democratic registration advantage that would withstand even the tallest of Republican waves in 2014.

“He’s running in the 39th,” Gilliard said. The campaign corrected its filing Friday.

The 39th covers parts of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Royce won re-election there last year with 57.8 percent of the vote against Democrat Jay Chen.

Thirty-nine isn’t a completely new number for Royce. He represented an earlier 39th Congressional District in the 1990s.

– Jim Miller

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