By Sam Youngman - 05/02/07 01:58 PM EDT
California state Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D) announced Wednesday afternoon that she will run in the special election to fill the seat of recently deceased Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D).
“We are all deeply saddened by the event that has brought me here today,” Oropeza said in a statement.
The district is comprised mostly of Long Beach, and it has grown increasingly Hispanic in recent years.
Oropeza is considered by many consultants familiar with the district to be the early favorite to fill the seat.