Two Venice men and a Mar Vista resident have decided to throw their hats in the electoral ring to replace the late state Sen. Jenny Oropeza in the 28th Senate District.

Ten candidates have declared their intent to run in the Feb. 15 special election for the seat vacated by Oropeza, who died suddenly Oct. 20 from complications of an abdominal blood clot. Oropeza, whose name remained on the Nov. 2 ballot, won reelection overwhelmingly.

Among the special election candidates who filed before the Monday, Jan. 3 deadline are Mar Vista resident Mark Lipman and Venice residents Michael Chamness and Kevin Thomas McGurk.

McGurk is a registered Democrat and Lipman and Chamness are registered as nonpartisan.

The presumptive frontrunner in the race to replace Oropeza is former Assemblyman Ted Lieu, a Democrat who represented the 53rd Assembly District for three terms. Lieu announced his intention to run in November.

The other candidates include Libertarian Peter “Pedro” De Baets; Democrat Mervin Evans; and Republicans Martha Flores-Gibson, Jeffrey E. Fortini, James Thompson and Bob Valentine.

Following the Feb. 15 primary, the general election will be held April 19.

The 28th Senate District is a largely coastal region which stretches into Long Beach and the South Bay and includes Mar Vista, Del Rey, Marina del Rey and Westchester.

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