AGUA DULCE — Gov. Gavin Newsom scheduled a May 12 special election to fill the 25th Congressional District seat left vacant by the resignation of Katie Hill.

The primary vote will be held March 3, the same day as the state’s presidential primary election.

If no candidate receives 50% of the vote, then a runoff would take place.

Hill announced her resignation Oct. 27, following allegations of relations with staff members that triggered a House Ethics Committee investigation and following the release of nude photos of Hill in online conservative outlets.

She has denied any wrongdoing and said she was the victim of a revenge porn campaign.

Hill defeated former Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, in the 2018 Blue Wave that gave Democrats control of the House.

Knight announced his candidacy on Nov. 9. Knight faces a host of Republican opponents, including former Navy fighter pilot Mike Garcia, Lancaster City Councilmember Angela Underwood-Jacobs, former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos.

Papadopoulos served time in federal prison after pleading guilty to lying to federal investigators, and Brenda Edmunds, of Valencia.

State Assemblywoman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, launched her bid for Hill’s seat the day after Hill announced she would step down.

Cenk Uygur, founder of “The Young Turks,” a progressive news channel on YouTube, announced his candidacy on Thursday.

Other Democratic candidates include David Rudnick, of Lancaster; Getro Franck Elize, of Palmdale; and Christopher Smith, of Los Angeles.

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