NORWALK — Democrat Cecil N. Green vowed Tuesday to stick to issues and avoid personal attacks in his campaign against Assemblyman Wayne Grisham (R-Norwalk) for the vacant 33rd State Senate District seat.
At a press conference at his Norwalk campaign headquarters, Green, 63, pledged to run a "clean campaign" and asked Grisham, 64, to do the same in the final weeks before the May 12 runoff.
Green and Grisham have traded charges during the race about the accuracy of campaign material sent to voters in the district, which spreads across southeastern Los Angeles County into northwestern Orange County.
During last month's primary, Green said his record was distorted in several Grisham mailers, while Grisham was angered by charges from former state Sen. Paul Carpenter that the two-term assemblyman fired a secretary for rebuffing his advances. Grisham accused Green of privately endorsing Carpenter's actions. But Green on Tuesday again denied that and said he recently asked Carpenter--who was elected last November to the state Board of Equalization, thus creating the opening in the 33rd Senate District--not to do any "negative campaigning" this time around.