Sample Ballots In the Mail for Assembly District 51 Special Election

November 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(EGPNews) –Sample ballots for the Dec. 5th runoff in the 51st Assembly District Special Election have been mailed out to registered voters, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) announced this week.

On the ballot are community activist Wendy Carrillo and nonprofit healthcare director Luis Lopez.  Both are Democrats.

Carrillo was the top vote getter in the Oct. 3 Primary, with Lopez coming in second.

According to the County Clerk, 220,475 Sample ballot booklets will be mailed. Approximately 10% of voters registered in the district voted in the primary election.

The back cover of the booklet indicates a voter’s polling place location and also serves as a Vote by Mail request application, the County Clerk said in a written statement.

To receive a sample ballot booklet, residents must be registered to vote. To register to vote or to check voter registration status visit

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Carrillo, López Appear Headed to Runoff in 51st Assembly Race

October 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The ballot numbers are not yet official, but it appeared Wednesday that community activist Wendy Carrillo and nonprofit healthcare director Luis López, both Democrats, are the top-two vote getters in Tuesday’s Special Election for the 51st Assembly District.

Wendy Carrillo

Wendy Carrillo

Carrillo had 3,604 votes with all 129 precincts and vote by mail ballots counted, according to semi-official figures released Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Lopez had 3,283 votes, and was holding a 431-vote lead over Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees member Mike Fong for the second spot. Fong’s vote count stood at 2,852. No other candidate received more than 2,000 votes.

The vote totals could still change as election officials complete the counting of mailed-in ballots that may still be outstanding. An update is expected Friday.

Luis Lopez

Luis Lopez

The special election was prompted by then-Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez’s election to Congress in a special election June 6 to fill the seat left vacant when Rep. Xavier Becerra was appointed state attorney general.

A runoff is required because no single candidate received more than 50% of the vote. That election will be held Dec. 5.

The field of candidates in the overwhelmingly Democratic district included 10 Democrats and one member each from the Libertarian and Peace and Freedom parties. Government innovation consultant Patrick Koppula was listed on the ballot without a party preference.

Electing a Democrat to the seat will once again give Democrats a supermajority in the Assembly – 55 of 80 seats – one more than needed to pass legislation without a single Republican or Independent vote.

As widely speculated ahead of the election, voter turnout was low. 17,310 ballots were processed and counted as of Tuesday, putting the turnout of eligible registered voters at just 7.83%, according to election officials.

Carrillo, who jumped into the race following a failed bid for Becerra’s congressional seat, won the endorsements of several women’s group active in politics, including the California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), a member of the Caucus, has been working actively to elect more women into office. She, and other women in leadership positions, had publicly lamented the failure to elect a woman to Becerra’s seat, blaming in part the large number of women candidates for fragmenting the women’s vote. Carrillo also received the backing of EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, and the National Women’s Political Caucus California.

On Wednesday, she received the endorsement of the man whose seat she is trying to win, Congressman Jimmy Gomez.

Carrillo’s campaign was further bolstered by support from her former employer, the Service Employees International Union, which the Los Angeles Times reported “spent more than $314,000 to support her candidacy with mailers and canvassing.”

This is López’ second race for the 51st Assembly seat; the first was in 2012 when he came in second to Gomez, racking up just over 19% of the vote.

López is a board member of Planned Parenthood and has campaigned heavily on healthcare related issues.

Making it into the runoff is the result of “months of hard work” building “a grassroots army of community supporters and small donors,” said López in a statement released Wednesday. The victory comes despite being outspent by six of the other candidates and by “nearly 3 to 1 by his nearest opponent,” the statement adds.

In a message emailed to supporters, Carrillo said she had run “a values driven positive campaign that inspired community and voters,” and called on supporters to “dive back in.”

“We can win this by continuing to do the work, getting our message out and increasing voter turn out.”

The district includes Echo Park, Chinatown, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, El Sereno, Highland Park, Mount Washington, Lincoln Heights, City Terrace, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles and a portion of Silver Lake.

Information from CNS used in this report.

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