Sen. Ralph Shortey’s legal problems may create a rare opportunity for Democrats to pick up a legislative seat. Shortey, arrested for prostitution-related offenses allegedly involving a teenage male, resigned from office this week.

Attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez, a Democrat who challenged Shortey in 2014, has already announced he will run for the seat in a coming special election.

Brooks-Jimenez is a solid candidate. Democrats probably couldn’t hope for better. And the circumstances of the special election may favor them.

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