The field has largely cleared for California State Assemblyman Ted Lieu (D-53rd AD) in the soon-to-be-announced special election to fill the 28th Senate District seat of the late Jenny Oropeza, who passed away this October 20 at 53 years of age, of complications from an abdominal blood clot. Oropeza was re-elected posthumously on November 2, beating her Republican opponent by a 22 percent margin.
Initial indications were that numerous local past and present office-holders were considering entering the special election race, likely to be held in March or April, 2011. Among the names mentioned, in addition to Lieu, who failed in his bid to be the Democratic nominee for State Attorney General and is being termed out of his Assembly seat, were Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn (who had run for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor this past June), Assemblyman Warren Furutani (whose seat overlaps much of the southern portion of the 28th S.D.), and former Assemblyman George Nakano, who lost the Democratic primary for the 28th S.D. to Oropeza in 2006.
Hahn and Furutani have now announced that they will not be running Jenny Oropeza's seat, and each has endorsed Ted Lieu for the seat. There has been no recent word on Nakano's intentions.
John Stammreich, the Republican candidate in the November election, has stated that he will not run for the seat at this time, but has left open the possibility of running in 2012, after the Redistricting Commission has redrawn district lines.