7 file to seek seat for East Bay state Rep seat, including incumbent

Laufton Ascenção (Facebook photo)

Seven candidates have filed to enter the race for the special election to replace Rep-elect Laufton Ascencao in a special election.

Candidates had until 4 p.m. Friday to file to enter the race.

The most eye-catching name is incumbent Democrat Kenneth Marshall, who did not seek the seat in the November election and was the last of the seven candidates to enter the race Friday.

Marshall filed to run as an Independent for the special election.

The six other candidates are Democrats June Speakman, John Hanley, Richard Ruggiero; Independents Nicki Ann Tyska and James McCanna, and Libertarian candidate William Hunt, who faced off against Ascencao in November.

The seat became vacant after Ascencao resigned his post earlier in December when it was discovered he lied about sending out campaign mailers for other Warren Democrats, but included the mailers in his campaign finance report.

Ascencao defeated Hunt in November by a 64-36 margin.

A primary for the District 68 election will take place Feb. 5 and the special election is set for March 5.

District 68 covers both voters in Bristol and Warren.

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