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Crowded field to replace Democrat Henry Waxman in Congress

25 candidates want to replace Waxman, one of the so-called
25 candidates want to replace Waxman, one of the so-called "Watergate babies" swept into Congress in 1974 (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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L.A.'s Westside is one of the most densely populated communities in Southern California. And the race to replace that area's Congressman, Democrat Henry Waxman, is just as crowded: more than two dozen candidates have filed papers to run for Congress.

It's a rare opportunity – the first open seat for the district in a generation. Waxman has served in Congress since 1974.

Related: Rep. Henry Waxman announces retirement from Congress (Updated)

According to the LA County Registrar/Recorder, most of the candidates (14 of 25) are Democrats in a district that is 44 percent registered Democrats. There are five Republicans (the district is 39 percent registered GOP), one candidate each from the Libertarian and Green Party, and four who declined to state a party (28 percent of voters are neither Democrats nor Republicans).

Ballots in the district will be long as they will list every name. California allows anyone from any party to vote for any candidate in the June 3rd primary, with the top two finishers facing off in November.

Related: View a list of candidates for Southern California congressional seats

The field includes some veteran politicos:

There are also several media veterans:

There are several attorneys:

Other candidates include:

Some candidates declined to describe themselves in registration papers: 

This district not only includes Beverly Hills and Topanga Canyon, it also stretches along the coastline from Rancho Palos Verdes north of Malibu. Given the very large field, voters in California's 33rd Congressional District can expect their mailboxes to be stuffed with campaign mailers over the next few weeks.