Race for East Bay Assembly Seat Brings Out Formidable Field of Candidates

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Jovanka Beckles and Buffy Wicks face off in the state's only legislative race. (Mark Fiore/KQED)

One of the most competitive elections in the state is underway in the East Bay, where 12 candidates are running for State Assembly in the 15th District.

It's an unusually stacked field, with half of the candidates already holding public office. Fundraising for the seat outstripped all other Assembly races in the state last year.

With a Democrat virtually assured of winning the liberal district (which stretches from north Oakland to Hercules), disagreements within the party, such as how to solve the state's housing crisis and deal with charter schools, are expected to play out in the race.