Washington (CNN) - A special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman.
Dean Logan, the Registrar-Recorder and County Clerk for Los Angeles, said Monday a July 12 special election and May 17 primary will be held to fill the seat in California's 36th district.
Harman left Congress last month to become president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Washington-based research institution.
The menu of candidates for Harman's seat include: City Attorney Mike Webb and Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin, both Republicans; and Democrats Janice Hahn, who is currently serving her final term on the Los Angeles City Council, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, and Marcy Winograd, who is co-chair of Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles.
Among registered voters in the 36th district, 45 percent are Democrats, 27 percent are Republicans, 2 percent are independents.
This election will pioneer California's new "top two" primary rules. If one candidate doesn't win more than half the vote in the May primary, the candidates with the top two number of votes, regardless of party, will move on to the July runoff.
California Gov. Jerry Brown tried to schedule the special election for Harman's seat in June, when a statewide vote will be held on tax issues, but a deal to put taxes on the ballot did not emerge in time for the deadline of setting congressional election dates.