Brown calls election to replace convicted senator

Sep 26, 2014 5:21 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a special election to fill the seat vacated by a former lawmaker convicted of voter fraud.

Brown issued a proclamation Friday declaring a Dec. 9 special primary for the 35th Senate District. The runoff will be Feb. 10 if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote.

Democratic Sen. Rod Wright resigned this month after being sentenced to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for his Los Angeles-area seat.

Wright's was the first of three unrelated legal cases against Democratic senators. All were suspended, costing Senate Democrats their supermajority.

At least two Democratic lawmakers, Assemblymen Isadore Hall of Compton and Steven Bradford of Gardena, have declared their candidacies. Both are termed out of their Assembly seats.

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