Election is Tuesday for Long Beach’s state Senate seat: Here’s what you need to know

Long Beach voters—along with residents of the 710 Freeway corridor—will head to the polls on Tuesday in a special election to select a new representative to the state Senate.

The 33rd District seat became available in November when Ricardo Lara was elected state insurance commissioner.

The two candidates who finished with the most votes among 11 candidates in the March primary will present voters with a stark choice: Long Beach Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, a Democrat; and Cudahy Councilman Jack Guerrero, a Republican.

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Gonzalez is heavily favored to win because the district is majority Democrat, which means her council district in the Downtown area may see a special election as well this fall.

Turnout was dismal in the primary race, and is expected to be low on Tuesday as well. Preliminary figures showed that just over 29,000 voters cast ballots out of more than 422,000 registered voters in the district.

The 33rd District includes cities along the 710 freeway, including Vernon to the north and most of Long Beach to the south, with a population of nearly 927,000.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling location, please click here.

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