With just five months until the June primary, legislative contests around California are starting to heat up.
While candidates can't begin the formal process of filing for office until Friday, when candidate papers can first be pulled, many legislative hopefuls have already spent months raising cash, securing endorsements and plotting their path to potential victory.
The decennial redistricting process and first election under the state's new top-two primary system has produced a new list of competitive state legislative districts that are being closely watched by political junkies on both sides of the aisle. The stakes are high, especially in the Senate, where Democrats see an opportunity to reach a coveted two-thirds majority.
Capitol Alert has compiled a roundup of battles we're keeping tabs on in the early stages of the primary campaign. Because the candidate papers have yet to be filed, we've listed only the declared or expected entrants on our radar so far.
You can send your suggestions for contests or candidates we might have missed, or predictions about the outcome of these races, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read installment two -- on Senate District 9 and Assembly District 39 -- after the jump. You'll find previous installments at this link.