The special election for California’s 36th district will be held July 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday.
That sets the all-party primary to be held May 17, eight weeks before the general and nine weeks from Tuesday.
The crowded field has continued to grow since Feb. 7, when news first broke that Jane Harman would resign from her coastal California district seat to lead a Washington, D.C., think tank.
The district is strongly Democratic, and neither House campaign committee is expected to spend money there. Democratic frontrunners include Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn and California Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.