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RB_Capitol_Dome.JPGSchool's now out for both houses of the California Legislature, and when senators return from their summer recess Aug. 12, they'll likely know who'll join them from the 16th Senate District -- Republican Andy Vidak or Democrat Leticia Perez.

The special runoff to fill Michael Rubio's seat takes place July 23, a week and a half away. Elections officials in Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties have till Aug. 2 to send certified vote tallies to Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

Bowen then has until Aug. 30 to certify the results, but as the election calendar notes, "It is the intention of the Secretary of State to issue a certificate immediately after receipt of the results of the official canvass."

Perez initially conceded to Vidak in the primary before vote tallies pulled Vidak's total under 50 percent. More recently, the California Association of Realtors has paid for a mailer featuring Perez and a maimed puppy. If you missed Laurel Rosenhall's story about that mailer, you can catch up on it here.

VIDEO: Dan says there's a Southern California politician who's likely to get the last laugh in the scandal surrounding San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

July 23 also marks the date for the special primary in the 52nd Assembly District, but the field is far more crowded for that seat, which Norma Torres left to join the state Senate. Among the contenders are several local elected officials hoping to move up to Sacramento, including Ontario City Councilman Paul Avila, a Democrat who endorsed Ontario Mayor Paul Leon in Leon's bid for the 32nd Senate District seat that Torres ultimately won.

Leon still wants to jump to the Capitol and is running against Avila and seven other candidates for Torres' Assembly seat. Leon lost to Torres as a Republican but has since changed his registration to "no party preference."

Rounding out the field are six Democrats -- Chino City Councilman Tom Haughey, Pomona City Councilman Freddie Rodriguez, Pomona Unified school board member Jason Rothman, Ontario consultant Manuel Saucedo, the late legislators Phil and Nell Soto's granddaughter Danielle Soto, and Pomona union organizer Doris Wallace.

Only one Republican is running -- Dorothy Pineda, who owns an industrial repair business in Ontario with her husband.



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