Bill Emmerson

Then-state Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands) discusses California’s budget at the Capitol. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press / November 8, 2013)

By Patrick McGreevy
December 5, 2013, 1:42 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday called a special election for March 25 to fill a vacancy in the state Senate created when Republican Sen. Bill Emmerson of Redlands abruptly resigned effective Dec. 1.

If no candidate receives a majority vote in March, a runoff election would be held on June 3 to fill the 23rdSenate District seat, which includes parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Officials estimate that it will cost taxpayers up to $1.1 million to hold the special elections to fill the vacancy. Emmerson, 68, was reelected in November 2012.

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