Capitol Alert

Vote to replace Rod Wright set for Dec. 9

Election dates have been set in the race to fill the vacancy left by Rod Wright’s resignation from the California Senate after he was convicted this month of perjury and voting fraud.

Voters in the 35th Senate district – which includes the Los Angeles County communities of Compton, Watts and Inglewood – will have a special primary election on Dec. 9 and, if necessary, a special general election on Feb. 10, Gov. Jerry Brown declared Friday.

Two Democratic assemblymen – Steven Bradford of Gardena and Isadore Hall of Compton – are vying for the seat. Also running is Mervin Evans, a frequent candidate for public office who says his campaign for Senate is based on his opposition to what he calls “gay education” in public schools.

Wright resigned from the Senate on Sept. 22 after a Los Angeles judge affirmed a jury’s verdict from January that found Wright lied about where he lived when he ran for office in 2008. The judge sentenced Wright to 90 days in jail.