The deadline for political candidates to file nomination papers for the statewide primary election Tuesday, June 6th, was Friday, March 10th.

A large number of contenders will vie for two open local State Assembly seats and one open local State Senate seat, among other offices.

Term limits are forcing Debra Bowen to vacate her 28th State Senate District seat, and State Assemblywoman Fran Pavley of the 41st District and State Assemblyman Jerome Horton of the 51st District to vacate their seats.

28TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT — The 28th State Senate District includes Venice, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, and Westchester.

Democrats seeking the nomination for their party in the primary are:

– former State Assemblyman and educator George Nakano, and

– State Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza.

Republicans seeking the nomination are:

– David Lee Anstrom, small business owner; and

– Cherryl Liddle, businesswoman.

Peter “Pedro” de Baets is running as a Libertarian and Edward Ferrer is a Peace and Freedom Party candidate.

41ST STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT — The 41st State Assembly District includes Santa Monica.

Democrats seeking the nomination for their party are:

– Julia Brownley, president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board of education;

– Conrad Stefan Frankowski, human resources executive;

– Barry Groveman, Calabasas mayor and environmental attorney;

– Kelly Hayes-Raitt, former vice chair of the City of Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women and a political consultant;

– Jonathan Levey, teacher and attorney; and

– Shawn Casey O’Brien, author.

Republicans seeking the nomination for their party are:

– Tony Dolz; and

– Adriana van Hemert, children and family services worker.

Conrad Stefan Frankowski, a human resources executive, is running as a Libertarian.

51ST STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT — The 51st State Assembly District includes Playa Vista and Del Rey.

Democrats seeking the nomination are:

– Steve Bradford, Gardena City Councilman;

– Mervin Leon Evans;

– Larry Guidi;

– Norman Johnson, Sr., minister and educator; and

– Curren Price, Inglewood City Councilman and college instructor.

Ross Moen, a retired police lieutenant, is running as a Republican and Carl “Marty” Swinney, a certified radiology technician, is a Libertarian candidate.

53RD STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT — The 53rd State Assembly District includes Venice, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, and Westchester.

Assemblyman Ted Lieu, a Democrat, will try to keep the seat he won in last year’s special election held after Mike Gordon died in office.

Lieu does not have a Democratic challenger in the primary.

Candidates from the other political parties also have no same-party challengers in the primary.

Karl Abrams, a college professor, is a Peace and Freedom Party candidate.

Mary Jo Ford, a physician and businesswoman, is running as a Republican.

Andy McDonald is running as a Libertarian and attorney Peter Luke Thottam is a Green Party candidate.

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES — U.S. House of Representatives incumbents Henry Waxman, Maxine Waters, and Jane Harman are also up for re-election.

Waxman, a Democrat from the 30 District that includes Santa Monica, has no primary challenger and will face Peace and Freedom Party candidate Adele Cannon and Republican businessman David Nelson Jones in the general election.

Waters, a Democrat who represents Playa Vista and Westchester in the 35th District, will face Democrat civil right executive Carl McGill in the primary.

Also running are Republican Charles Hahn; Paul Ireland, a computer networks analyst running as a Libertarian; and engineer Gordon Michael Mego, an American Independent candidate.

Harman, a Democrat who represents Venice, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, and Playa del Rey in the 36th District, will face Democrat teacher Marcy Winograd in the primary.

Also running are Mike Binkley, an author and Libertarian; Brian Gibson, a retired engineer and Republican; and James Smith, and educator and writer running as a Peace and Freedom Party candidate.

U.S. SENATE — Senator Dianne Feinstein will face three Democratic challengers in the primary — Martin Luther Church, Loc Dinh, and Colleen Fernald.

Don Grundmann is running as an American Independent. Michael Metti a Libertarian, Marsha Feinland from the Peace and Freedom Party, and Richard Mountjoy a Republican.

STATE OFFICES — Los Angeles city attorney Rocky Delgadillo is running as a Democrat for state attorney general.

He competes with Democrat Jerry Brown in the primary and the winner goes on to face Republican Charles Poochigian in the general election.

State treasurer Phil Angelides and state controller Steve Westly, both Democrats, will face each other in the primary before trying to unseat Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, in the general election.

State Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, a Democrat, is seeking election as the state’s insurance commissioner.

Former state gubernatorial candidate Tom McClintock, a Republican, is seeking the lieutenant governor’s seat.

Democrats Debra Bowen and Deborah Ortiz will compete in the primary for secretary of state nomination for their party before facing incumbent Republican Bruce McPherson in the general election.

State attorney general Bill Lockyear, a Democrat, is seeking election as state treasurer.