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

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 .

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