19 file for Millender-McDonald seat

Times Staff Writer

Nineteen candidates have filed nomination papers to be on the ballot in a June 26 special election in the 37th Congressional District.

The seat was left vacant last month by the death of Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, a Democrat.

State Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach), Assemblywoman Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) and Valerie McDonald, Millender-McDonald’s daughter, are considered the front-runners in the race to represent the district that encompasses Compton, Carson, much of Long Beach and parts of South L.A.


The other candidates are Democrats Lee Davis, Mervin Evans, Felicia Ford, Bill Francisco Grisolia, Peter Mathews, George A. Parmer Jr., Jeffrey S. Price and Ed Wilson; Republicans Leroy Joseph “L.J.” Guillory, John M. Kanaley, Jeffrey “Lincoln” Leavitt, Gwen Patrick and Teri Ramirez; Daniel Abraham Brezenoff of the Green Party; Herb Peters, a Libertarian; and Al Salehi Agassi, an Independent.

A final list of candidates will be released after the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder verifies signatures submitted by candidates. Each candidate is required to submit 40 valid signatures. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, a runoff between the top candidates in each party will be held Aug. 21.

The winner will serve out the remainder of Millender-McDonald’s two-year term.