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Governor sets Jan. 12 for election to fill Duvall's Assembly seat [updated]

September 22, 2009 | 10:51 am

[Updated 11:55 a.m.: The date of the special primary election to replace 72nd District Assemblyman Mike Duvall will be Nov. 17, with a runoff Jan. 12 if no candidate wins a majority in the primary. The governor's office issued a proclamation calling for a Jan. 12 election and neglected to mention the primary.]

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today called a Jan. 12 special election to fill the vacant Assembly seat of Orange County Republican Mike Duvall.

Duvall resigned this month after remarks he made to a fellow legislator about sexual encounters were recorded on an open microphone during a lull in a July legislative hearing. The remarks were later broadcast by a television station, prompting Duvall's abrupt resignation.

Several Orange County politicians already have said they will seek the office in the heavily Republican district. They include Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby and GOP activist Linda Ackerman, whose husband, Dick Ackerman  once served in the Legislature.

Democrat John MacMurray, a teacher who previously ran against Duvall, also has said he will get into the race.

-- Jean Merl

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