Voters in a handful of Los Angeles communities will face as many as two more elections before the end of the year, after choosing a sitting member of the state Assembly on Tuesday to fill a vacant seat in Congress.
The victory of Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) in a special election for the 34th Congressional District seat means that Gomez, once the election results are certified, will have to resign his seat in the Legislature.
At that point, Gov. Jerry Brown is required to call a special election to fill Gomez's current job representing the state's 51st Assembly District, which includes Echo Park, Eagle Rock and parts of East Los Angeles. State law gives Brown some flexibility in the timing of the election, though voters will be called on to cast ballots before the end of 2017. If any candidate wins a majority in that vote, he or she will replace Gomez and there will be only one election to fill the seat. If not, as was the case in the race to replace Xavier Becerra in Congress -- won by Gomez on Tuesday -- when Becerra became state attorney general, there will also be a runoff between the two candidates who receive the most votes.