The candidate filing period has been extended until the close of business Wednesday in 53 congressional and legislative offices, the California secretary of state's office said.
Filing closed for most June 5 contests on Friday but was extended in races for which no eligible incumbent was seeking reelection. Statewide, there are 35 such Assembly races and nine each for state Senate and U.S. Congress seats.
Locally, the filing period was extended in several contests expected to be hotly contested, including congressional races in the Long Beach area, Ventura County and Riverside County.
-- Jean Merl