Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday called a Dec. 3 special election to fill a vacant Los Angeles-area Assembly seat.
At least six candidates have said they intend to run for the 54th Assembly District post previously occupied by Holly Mitchell, a Democrat who this month won a special election to the state Senate.
If no candidate wins a majority in December, a runoff will be held Feb. 4 between the top two vote-getters.
The district includes Westwood and the UCLA campus, Century City, Baldwin Hills, the Crenshaw district and Culver City.
One of the candidates, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, 26, is the son of county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, a longtime fixture among area elected officials. The younger Ridley-Thomas has far outdistanced the other potential candidates in fundraising, having collected more than $400,000 to date.
The first-time candidate also has reaped endorsements from many area elected officials who have worked with his father, a former L.A. councilman and state legislator. On Monday, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas' campaign announced that basketball-great-turned-businessman Earvin "Magic" Johnson also is backing him.