California governor Jerry Brown has set the schedule for the special House election in the 36th congressional district, where Jane Harman retired.
There will be a “special primary” May 17. All candidates, both party members and independents, participate in the nonpartisan primary. If one candidate receives a majority of the primary vote, that candidate is the new representative. If no candidate wins a majority, the top two finishers, regardless of party, advance to a July 12 “special general election.”
At this moment, the field is crowded. Democrats running include Secretary of State Debra Bowers, Los Angeles city councilwoman Janice Hahn, Mark Contreras, Mervin Evans, Loraine Goodwin, Matt Peterson, and Marcy Winograd.
On the GOP side, declared candidates include Hermosa Beach city councilman Patrick “Kit” Bobko, Redondo Beach mayor Mike Gin, and Redondo Beach city attorney Mike Webb.