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Gov. Schwarzenegger sets special elections for 32nd District

March 11, 2009 |  1:26 am

The downside for Democrats to their electoral successes of last Nov. 4, especially including the election of President Barack Obama, is the decimation of elected Democratic ranks in many places across the country. Former Democratic Representative and now president Barack Obama's Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

The 44th president takes, among others, Arizona's governor for Homeland Security and Kansas' governor for Health and Human Services, as our veteran colleague Mark Z. Barabak recently pointed out here.

And Rep. Hilda Solis, a staunch loyalist of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as his secretary of Labor. Solis was another Obama Cabinet nominee with tax problems -- her husband's. But they're paid up and she's sworn in now.

And Tuesday, California's Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger set May 19 as the primary date for a special July 14 election to fill Solis' seat in the 32nd District, which is that huge chunk of land east of downtown L.A., including Azusa, El Monte, Monterey Park, Baldwin Park, Rosemead, Covina and the West Covina too.

A copy of the governor's official detailed proclamation is published below.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Orders Proclamation for Special Election

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following proclamation today, declaring July 14, 2009 the date for a special election with the primary election to be held on May 19, 2009 in California’s 32nd Congressional District (located in Los Angeles County including portions of East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley), to elect a congressional representative to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Congresswoman Hilda Solis:

SPECIAL ELECTION PROCLAMATION, BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim and order that a special election shall be held on the 14th day of July, 2009 within the 32nd Congressional District of the State to fill the vacancy in the office of the Member of Congress from said district resulting from the resignation of Hilda Solis.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 10th day of March, 2009.   ###

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