It’s been more than two years since California redrew its political map, but old district-numbering habits linger for Rep. Ed Royce.
Royce, R-Fullerton, filed a statement of candidacy this week for his re-election campaign. But instead of listing the 39th Congressional District he has represented since winning re-election last fall, he listed the 40th Congressional District, the number of his district during the 2000’s.
And yes, that’s a typo, said Royce consultant Dave Gilliard. The redrawn 40th is in Los Angeles County, represented by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles, and has a 47-percentage point Democratic registration advantage that would withstand even the tallest of Republican waves in 2014.
“He’s running in the 39th,” Gilliard said. The campaign corrected its filing Friday.
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The 39th covers parts of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Royce won re-election there last year with 57.8 percent of the vote against Democrat Jay Chen.
Thirty-nine isn’t a completely new number for Royce. He represented an earlier 39th Congressional District in the 1990s.
– Jim Miller
Friday marked the official start of the 2014 election calendar, when would-be candidates for the June 3 statewide primary could begin collecting voter signatures to get on the ballot instead of paying filing fees. Statewide candidates have to collect 10,000 signatures, state Senate and congressional candidates, 3,000; and Assembly candidates, 1,500. Signatures are due by Feb. 20. Filing fees total $953 for Assembly and Senate, $1,740 for Congress, and range from $2,783 to $3,480 for statewide offices.
– Jim Miller