Two announcements this week from the state Assembly will trigger special elections.
In Southern California, Assembly Member Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) was appointed by Gov. Newsom as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.
This appointment will trigger a special election for his seat. Chau, who would have termed out of the Assembly in 2024, has represented District 49, which covers the San Gabriel Valley area outside of Los Angeles, since 2012. Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Mike Fong, San Gabriel City Councilman Jason Pu, and Service Employees International Union organizer Frank Torres have already filed to run for the seat.
The date of his resignation from the Assembly, as well as the date of the special election, have not been announced.
In Northern California, Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Fairfield) has announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31.
Frazier, who will be seeking new opportunities in the field of transportation, was first elected to the Assembly in 2012. Half of his district’s voters reside in Solano County, nearly half reside in Contra Costa County, and a small number are from Sacramento County.
His resignation will trigger a special election for the Assembly seat; a date has not been announced.