Meanwhile, Hope attempted in his campaign to draw attention to questions that had arisen over the fact that a large share of Gallegly's campaign contributions have come from developers, many of whose real estate investments have been tied to decisions made by the Simi Valley City Council. In some crucial instances, Gallegly's had been the swing vote.
In the state Senate, much of the attention was focused on the race in the 16th District, which stretches from Bakersfield south to Pasadena, to replace retiring Sen. Walter W. Stiern (D-Bakersfield), the dean of Legislature who was first elected in 1958.
Jim Young, chancellor of the Kern Community College District, led physician George Albin in the Democratic primary. Assemblyman Don Rogers (R-Bakersfield), considered to be the favorite to replace Stiern, held a substantial lead in early returns over agricultural consultant Paul Young in the GOP primary.
There were only two other districts in the state where seats will be vacated by incumbent congressmen, but lopsided Republican registration in both made it almost certain that that party's nominees will be elected in November. Assemblyman Wally Herger of Rio Oso appeared headed for the Republican nomination for the 2nd District seat opened by the retirement of GOP Rep. Gene Chappie of Roseville.
Assemblyman Ernie Konnyu (R-Saratoga) was expected to be nominated to succeed Rep. Ed Zschau of Los Altos, who is giving up his 12th District seat in the Silicon Valley to run for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate.
Also contributing to election coverage were Roxane Arnold, Alison Bethel, Bill Boyarsky, Edward J. Boyer, Roy H. Campbell, Young Choi, Janet Clayton, Rich Connell, Alma Cook, Cathleen Decker, Norman Duarte, David Ferrell, Cherry Gee, Mark Gladstone, Paul Jacobs, Peter H. King, Victor Merina, Dan Morain, William Nottingham, Lynn O'Shaughnessy, Kitty O'Steen, Richard Paddock, Kenneth Reich, Kevin Roderick, Douglas Shuit, Richard Simon, George Stein, Jill Stewart, and Leo C. Wolinsky