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Gov. Jerry Brown calls special elections for 2 vacant state Senate seats

January 7, 2013 |  2:03 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday declared special elections to fill the state Senate seats vacated last week when Democratic Sens. Juan Vargas of San Diego and Gloria Negrete-McLeod of Chino resigned to join Congress.

The primary election for both seats will be held March 12 and, if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote,  the runoff election will be held May 14.

That allows those elected to be seated in time for the state Senate vote on the state budget.

Vargas and Negrete-McLeod won seats in Congress in the Nov. 6 election and last week they resigned in the midst of their state Senate terms to go to Washington, D.C.

Assemblyman Ben Hueso (D-Logan Heights) has launched a campaign for the 40th Senate District seat held by Vargas; Assemblywoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona) and San Bernardino County Auditor/Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker have begun campaigns for the 32nd Senate District previously represented by Negrete-McLeod.


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