Special election date announced in California
The California State Capitol February 19, 2009 in Sacramento, California.
March 14th, 2011
09:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Special election date announced in California

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.

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  1. Erica Springer

    This election is coming up very soon and I hope that progressives from across the Country will come together to help send Marcy Winograd to Washington. She is the clear anti-war candidate, a teacher, the only union member who's running, a long-time political activist, including, importantly, has been an anti-nuclear activist. The importance of that is painfully clear at the moment.

    March 14, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. California Conservative

    Among registered voters in the 36th district, 45 percent are Democrats, 27 percent are Republicans, 2 percent are independents.
    This statement in this article sounds very much like liberal math. They only account for 74% of registered voters. Where's the other 26%?

    March 14, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    Lord knows we do not need any more Republicans! They have been a total failure and lied their way into office in the midterm elections. NOTHIING has been done to help the nation since then – just more hate and lies and attacks on our Democracy and the middle class. NO JOBS, NO SOLUTIONS FOR ANY ISSUE, and A MORONIC BUDGET THAT WILL KILL MORE THAN 1 MILLION JOBS AND KILL OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. REPUBLICANS ARE NOT LEADERS – THEY ARE JUST LIARS. Rep. Michele Bachmann shows how stupid they are. How did that woman ever get elected to anything? Does she even know a single thing about our history as a country? She should be "recalled" and sent back home for outright stupidity. How can you govern when you know nothing about our government? And Republicans want to cut education funding? Take a look at Bachmann first.
    Let's get a real budget passed – one not based on a some random number – but one that makes sense and helps our country. Like taxing the wealthy and making corporations actually pay taxes, cut the overbloated Defense budget, and get us out of the Bush wars that were intentional LIES. Republicans are expert liars and terrible leaders.

    March 15, 2011 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  4. Pete Thottam

    Marcy Winograd's Congressional recent campaign in 2010 was one about what sort of country and citizenry we want to be. I've known Marcy for many years. She absolutely - with no reservations - is a real leader and deserves this district's voters' votes and word-of-mouth support.

    Marcy Winograd has been an organized, genuine, hard working, committed and passionate activist in the Anti-War movement, the 2006-2008 Bush/Cheney impeachment movement (Kucinich's HR 333), Healthcare Reform movement and other progressive efforts to authentically restore the People's voice to national government. Marcy received close to 38% of the vote in the 2006 primary and over 41% when she ran against Jane Harman in last summer's June 8th primary.

    She is not a machine or party sycophant who will humbly do what the party elders & attendant drones command. Marcy Winograd is a terrific individual and activist. She is a teacher & citizen who has inspired countless thousands over the last decade. She puts her time, money and - perhaps most importantly - her heart where her words are. Marcy is a thinker and a doer : an authentic voice the likes of which voters are hungry for in these cynical and hard economic times. Marcy is a real voice for for this district's voters who is aligned with their economic & social interests and - importantly - with their deeper values and their concerns about the directions this country has taken over the last decade.

    March 15, 2011 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  5. TroyWestLA

    Let's hope we elect a representative who is against war and military occupation. Against the influence of corporate money in our elections. And at the very least, someone who will serve out their term! Hahn and Bowen should focus on the jobs they were elected to do. I'm voting for Winograd!

    March 15, 2011 03:22 am at 3:22 am |