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Sec'y of State's Office Indicates Councilman Austin's Name WILL Appear On State Senate Special Election Ballot Although He's Ended Campaigning; A Dozen Candidates Will Be Listed: 9 Dems, 2 Repubs, 1 Green


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(Feb. 7, 2019, 5:20 p.m.) -- Long Beach Councilman Al Austin, who abruptly announced on Feb. 1 that he's ended campaigning for a LB-area state Senate seat, will have his name listed on the March 26 Special Election ballot. On Feb. 6, the CA Secretary of State's office announced its Official Certified List Of Candidates...and it includes Austin, who'd timely filed his candidate paperwork with L.A. County on Jan. 28 to enter the race. Telephone staff in the CA Secretary of State's Elections Office indicated its Feb. 6 announced list is final and candidates can't remove their names at this point.

It's unclear what effect(s) having Austin's name on the ballot without a campaign will have. In his Feb. 1 statement announcing his decision to end campaigning for the state Senate seat, Councilman Austin declined to endorse any specific candidate. "[W]ith several good Democratic candidates in the race it is clear the cities of the 33rd District will be well-represented in the State Senate," his statement said.

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The CA Secretary of State's office also announced the results of its randomized drawing that decides the order of candidate names appearing on the ballot...and last names that begin with the letter "G" will be listed first in their respective alphabetical order (among second letters.) From our unofficial reckoning, it appears LB Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez's name will be the third from the top, after Chris Garcia (a Cudahy City Councilmember, a Dem) and Martha Flores Gibson (a Repub). [There's also a second Cudahy Councilmember in the race: Jack Guerrero.] The letter "A" (for Austin) was 13 among 26 letters.

Voters in roughly half of Long Beach plus several SE L.A. County cities (see map below) will see 12 candidates listed on the ballot (including non-campaigning Austin): -- 9 Dems, 2 Repubs, 1 Green -- to fill the Long Beach-Huntington Park state Senate vacated by now-former state Senator Ricardo Lara who was elected state Insurance Commissioner in November. The full candidate list is here

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If no candidate receives over 50%+1 of the vote on March 26, the top two finishers (regardless of party) proceed to a June 4 runoff. If a single candidate receives 50%+1 votes, they're elected outright. The winner will fill the remainder of Lara's term (which ends in late 2020.) To retain that job, whoever wins in 2019 will have to wage and win elections in a June-November 2020 if they want a full four year state Senate term.



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