Gloria Negrete-McLeod of Chino compare notes with Democrats (from left) Scott Peters of San Diego, Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach, and Jared Huffman of Humboldt during orientation week at the Capitol.
San Bernardino Democrat Gloria Negrete-McLeod resigned her seat in the California state senate on Wednesday to become a new member of the US House of Representatives.
Her departure sets in motion a game of musical chairs that could last through the fall.
Assemblywoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona) has said she'll run against San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker for the 32nd state senate district.
Governor Jerry Brown has to pick a date for a special election — that’s at least 4 months off. A primary election a couple of months before that could resolve the matter if one candidate wins a majority of votes. Otherwise, the two candidates with the most votes progress to a general election. Under that scenario, the 32nd District could remain vacant through April.
Even with the seat open, state senate Democrats still control a supermajority that empowers them to raise taxes without Republican votes.
But if Assemblywoman Torres wins the state senate, Assembly Democrats – who also hold a supermajority – would lose it. Torres’ seat in the Assembly would stay open until voters decide who should fill it during another special election in late Summer or Fall.