Special Election to Replace Bocanegra Set for April 3, 2018

December 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that a special primary election for the 39th Assembly District, which became vacant upon the resignation of Raul Bocanegra, will he held on April 3, 2018, with the general election for the seat to be held on June 5.

Bocanegra, who represented part of the San Fernando Valley, resigned on Nov. 27 in response to sexual harassment allegations against him. When the allegations first surfaced he announced his intention not to seek re-election but to serve out the remainder of his term to ensure his district continued to be represented in Sacramento and to avoid the cost of a special election.

But Bocanegra eventually gave in to calls for his immediate resignation, including from City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, who was a close political ally and whose husband had worked for the assemblyman.

“Upon further reflection during the recent holiday weekend, and conversations with family, friends, supporters, I have decided to resign earlier from the state Assembly effective immediately, which was my original intention,” Bocanegra said when announcing his immediate resignation.

“By doing so I hope the community will have a new representative sooner rather than later,” he said. “Furthermore, it is my hope that in taking this action we can help clear the path so that women and men who have been truly victims of sexual assault and workplace harassment can step forward
and get justice for any crimes committed against them. While I am not guilty of any such crimes, I am admittedly not perfect.”

Bocanegra’s announcement in November that he would not seek re-election came just before the Los Angeles Times published allegations of sexual harassment against him by six women.

No date has been set for a special election to fill the seat of Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, D-Woodland Hills, who said last week that he will resign at the end of the month from his seat representing the 45th Assembly District after an allegation of sexual misconduct.

Carrillo Wins 51st Assembly Seat

December 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Community activist Wendy Carrillo will take office in January when the Assembly begins the second year of a two-year session after defeating fellow Democrat Luis Lopez in a special election to represent the 51st District.

Lopez conceded defeat Tuesday night telling supporters, “It did not happen for us tonight.”

Carrillo defeated Lopez, 52.83 percent-47.17 percent, according to semi- official results released Tuesday by Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. Carrillo received 8,811 votes to 7,868 for Lopez, a nonprofit health care director.

Many provisional and vote by mail ballots remain to be counted, with an updated count to be released Friday, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan said. However, they are not expected to change the outcome.

Carrillo, who was brought to the country as an “undocumented immigrant” from El Salvador as a child and became a U.S. citizen in her 20s, was a host and producer on the “Knowledge is Power” radio program on Power 106 FM, discussing topics ranging from access to higher education to political transparency. She also worked with the Service Employees International Union, supporting organizing efforts by long-term care workers.

“I will never stop fighting for everyone to have a voice in our political system, and will fight to deliver high-wage jobs, affordable housing and improve access to health care while working toward universal health care,” Carrillo told City News Service.

Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, said Carrillo has shown “exceptional leadership in making our state one of opportunity and inclusion.

“Wendy has stood with workers to bring the California Dream within reach of families by fighting for a $15 wage, cracking down on wage theft and discrimination, and working to achieve health care for all, among other progressive initiatives,” Hicks said.

Carrillo finished sixth in a field of 24 candidates in April’s special election in the 34th Congressional District. She said she ran for the Assembly “to be a leader for the people and to advance the values our families care about— opportunity, equality and fairness.”

She quickly earned the support of several prominent women, including elected officials who pledged to support a woman candidate when no woman made a major showing during the congressional race.

Wendy Carrillo wins special ection for 51st Assembly District. (Courtesy Wendy Carrillo)

Wendy Carrillo wins special ection for 51st Assembly District. (Courtesy Wendy Carrillo)

Carrillo and Lopez topped a 13-candidate field in the Oct. 3 special election, with Carrillo receiving 5,058 votes, 22.2 percent, and Lopez 4,243, 18.6 percent. A runoff was required because no candidate had more than 50 percent of the vote.

The special election was prompted by then-Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez’s election to Congress in a special election June 6.

Carrillo issued a statement Wednesday thanking her campaign team and supporters, “ from working men and women in the labor movement, to organizations dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable communities, including immigrants, women, the elderly, those with disabilities, communities of color and our LGBTQ brothers and sisters” for their tireless work to “ensure this victory.”

“We need to continue standing together to protect our shared progressive values from the unprecedented attacks being levied by the Trump Administration,” she added.

“There are critical issues ahead, and I’m looking forward to getting to Sacramento, rolling up my sleeves, and working hard to deliver for our district and our state.”

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.

EGP staff writers contributed to this report.


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 lavote.net.

For translated election materials in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai or Vietnamese, call (800) 815-2666, option 3.

Dates Set for Special Election to Replace Gomez in Assembly

July 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Campaigning has been underway for months, but Gov. Jerry Brown this week made official, announcing the dates for a Special Election to fill the 51st Assembly District seat left vacant when Jimmy Gomez was elected to the House of Representatives.

The primary will be held Oct. 3. If no candidate receives 50% plus one vote, a runoff will take place on Dec. 5.

Voters in the 51st district, which runs from Echo Park, through Eagle Rock, Highland Park and on to East L.A., have had to contend with an unusually high number of elections in recent months, a domino reaction to the governor’s appointment of former Congressman Xavier Becerra to California Attorney General at the start of the year. Gomez won election to Becerra’s congressional seat, leaving his state assembly seat up for grabs.

More than a dozen candidates have already announced their election bids.

Voting Underway In 34th Congressional District Race

April 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It may come as a surprise, but there is an election going on today in Los Angeles.

Two dozen candidates are vying in a special election today to fill the 34th Congressional District seat left vacant by former Rep. Xavier Becerra’s move to Sacramento to become the state’s attorney general.

The district stretches roughly from Koreatown in the west to the Long Beach (710) Freeway in the east and from the Santa Monica (10) Freeway in the south to the Ventura (134) Freeway in the north. It includes downtown Los Angeles, the Westlake district, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights and
Lincoln Heights.

If no candidate receives a majority today, a runoff between the top two finishers will be held June 6. Because of the large field, no candidate is expected to receive a majority.

Twenty-three people appear on the ballot, 19 of them Democrats looking to represent the overwhelmingly Democratic district. Most of the candidates have never held elective office, with the exception of Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Eagle Rock, and former Los Angeles Unified School District board member Yolie Flores.

Becerra endorsed Gomez, who said he hopes to “continue to build an inclusive and diverse country that values people from all walks of life.”

Flores, a Democrat, told City News Service she hopes to be “the stronger, louder voice for children and families that we need in Washington,” now that “everything we believe in and have ever fought for is in jeopardy.”

Several candidates, including Democrats Arturo Carmona, a campaign advisor, and community advocate and journalist Wendy Carrillo have ties to the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign, which could play in their favor in the congressional district given that Sanders won the majority vote over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The one Republican on the ballot, business owner William “Rodriguez” Morrison, has made unsuccessful runs for elected offices. There is also one candidate each from the Green and Libertarian parties, certified public accountant Kenneth Mejia and tenants’ rights paralegal Angela E. McArdle.

Immigration law administrator Mark Edward Padilla did not state a party preference.

Gomez, according to the most recent financial disclosures, raised the most in campaign donation.

Other Democrats appearing on the ballot are:

—Robert Ahn, an attorney;

—Vanessa Aramayo, an anti-poverty nonprofit adviser;

—Maria Cabildo, an economic development director;

—Alejandra Campoverdi, a community advocate;

—Ricardo de la Fuente, a businessman;

—Adrienne Nicole Edwards, community organizer;

—Melissa Garza, businesswoman/producer;

—Sara Hernandez, education nonprofit director;

—Steven Mac, a deputy district attorney;

—Sandra Mendoza, public administrator;

—Raymond Meza, community organizer;

—Armando Sotomayor, community volunteer;

—Richard Sullivan, attorney;

—Tracy Van Houten, an aerospace engineer; and

—Tenaya Wallace, a civic engagement strategist.

—Michelle Walker, a Democrat and community activist, qualified as a write-in candidate, bringing the field of candidates to 24.

The polls close at 8:00 p.m. Polling place information can be found at http://www.lavote.net/docs/rrcc/election-info/04042017_polling-place-report.pdf .

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