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Local Elections : Nominations, Judgeship at Stake in Primary Vote

June 02, 1988|MIKE WARD | Times Staff Writer

San Gabriel Valley voters on Tuesday will select party nominees in contested congressional and state Senate primaries and elect a judge for the Santa Anita Municipal Court.

The only incumbent facing a major primary challenge is Rep. Matthew G. (Marty) Martinez (D-Monterey Park), who is seeking reelection against Lily Chen, public affairs director for the county Children's Services Department. Both Chen, 52, and Martinez, 59, are former mayors of Monterey Park.

Reps. Edward R. Roybal (D-Los Angeles), David Dreier (R-La Verne) and Esteban E. Torres (D-La Puente) are unopposed for renomination.

Rep. Carlos J. Moorhead (R-Glendale), who has been in Congress since 1973, is being challenged in the Republican primary by David Rodger Headrick, 39, an environmental technician who lives in Pasadena. Headrick, who describes himself as a "born-again" Christian, said his platform includes banning pornography, restoring prayer to the public schools and declaring war on countries that ship illegal drugs to the United States.

Two state senators, Newton R. Russell (R-Glendale) and William Campbell (R-Hacienda Heights), are unopposed in the Republican primary.

None of the eight Assembly members who represent the San Gabriel Valley have opposition in the primary. Assemblymen Charles M. Calderon (D-Alhambra) and Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles) are not only unopposed in the Democratic primary but are running in districts that have no Republican candidates on the ballot.

Here is a look at some of the elections.


Includes Bradbury, Claremont, Covina, Diamond Bar, Duarte, Glendora, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Verne, Pomona, San Dimas, Walnut, Whittier and parts of Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights and Palmdale.


Democratic 121,799

Republican 134,986

American Independent 2,995

Libertarian 988

Peace and Freedom 773

Other parties 293

Nonpartisan 21,503

Total 283,337


Democratic: Nelson Gentry, attorney, Claremont; John Kraft, businessman, Hacienda Heights.

Republican: David Dreier, incumbent, La Verne.

Libertarian: Gail Lightfoot, public health nurse, San Dimas.

Peace and Freedom: Mike Noonan, hospital pharmacist, Claremont.

Gentry, 47, an attorney who practices law in Pomona and lives in Claremont, and Kraft, 47, a Hacienda Heights business consultant, are competing for the Democratic nomination. The winner will face Dreier in November.

Gentry, a former Montclair councilman, is running on a platform that includes mandatory military service, a part-time Congress and a flat tax on business gross income. Gentry said the flat tax would replace tax code regulations that inhibit business. By limiting congressional sessions to two months a year, he said, the office budgets of congressmen could be cut from $1.5 million to $125,000 a year.

Gentry said he became a Democrat more than a year ago after 22 years as a Republican because he was tired of hearing Republicans say that only their party stood for free enterprise and a strong national defense. He said he believes there are many Democrats who share his conservative views.

Kraft said he considers Gentry's ideas radical, rather than conservative, and said his own views are progressive on some matters and moderate on others.

Kraft has been active in Democratic clubs and is a member of the party's state committee and its national fund-raising organization. Kraft said he is friends with a number of national Democratic leaders, and his contacts in Washington and within the party can benefit the district.

He claims the endorsement of most of the district's Democratic clubs.

Kraft was a leader in a drive to incorporate Hacienda Heights in 1982. The petition campaign was unsuccessful, and led to charges by the district attorney's office that the names of some petition-signers had been forged. Kraft denied forging signatures but pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Elections Code violation in 1984 and paid a $2,000 fine. Kraft said he does not expect that incident to influence the election, pointing out that he has successfully run for office since then, winning election to the Democratic County Central Committee.

25th STATE SENATE DISTRICTTerritory Includes Azusa, Claremont, Covina, Glendora, La Verne, San Dimas, Inyo County and a large portion of San Bernardino County from Upland east to Needles.

Registration Democratic 140,587

Republican 183,332

American Independent 4,874

Libertarian 1,116

Peace and Freedom 910

Other parties 681

Nonpartisan 30,004

Total 361,504

Candidates Democratic: James C. Cook, firefighter/paramedic, Azusa; Cal McElwain, businessman, Upland; Sandra K. Hester, college administrator, Claremont.

Republican: Bill Leonard, state assemblyman, Redlands; Gene Osko, attorney, Glendora.

Sen. H. L. (Bill) Richardson (R-Glendora) is retiring from this seat, creating contests in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.

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