Democrats Prominent in Race for Assembly Seat

Dec 3, 2013 5:28 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democrat is all but certain to win a special election for a vacant Southern California legislative seat, bolstering the party's supermajority in the state Assembly.

The question is whether the outcome will be decided in Tuesday's primary. There will be no need for a runoff in February if any candidate wins more than half the vote.

Three Democrats and one write-in candidate seek to fill the Assembly District 54 seat vacated when then-Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell resigned after she was elected to the state Senate.

The Democrats are former Culver City mayor Christopher Armenta; real estate broker John Jake; and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, son of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas.

AD54 is entirely within Los Angeles County, and 63 percent of its registered voters are Democrats.


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