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August 30, 2009 | Jean Merl
As voters in a South Bay state Assembly district prepare to cast ballots in Tuesday's special election, the big question is whether one of the five Democratic candidates can win the vacant seat outright or whether a runoff will be needed. Gardena Councilman Steve Bradford, who narrowly lost the Democratic primary for the 51st district seat in June 2006, jumped in early this time, raising money and locking up endorsements well before the filing period closed and while other candidates were still weighing a run. His substantial edge in campaign cash and the backing of organized labor has led most knowledgeable observers to label him the clear front runner in what is expected to be a very low-turnout election.
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September 3, 2009 | Jean Merl
Gardena Councilman Steve Bradford won Tuesday's special election for the Los Angeles area's 51st Assembly District, but a Nov. 3 runoff will be required to settle the Bay Area's 10th Congressional District race. Bradford finished first in a six-way race with 52.9% of the vote, followed by Gloria Gray (19.2%), David Coffin (17.1%), Robert Pullen-Miles (4.9%), Thomas Jefferson Cares (4.6%) and Mervin Leon Evans (1.2%). All the candidates are Democrats except Coffin, a Republican. The seat became vacant when Curren Price Jr. was elected to the state Senate earlier this year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2009 | Jean Merl
Mark Ridley-Thomas' election to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last fall already has spawned three special elections for legislative seats. And there will be a fourth if none of the six candidates on the Sept. 1 ballot for the 51st Assembly District can muster a majority. The field consists of five Democrats -- two members of city councils, a water board member who formerly served on a local school board, a 20-year-old making his first bid for elected office and a perennial candidate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2009 | Jean Merl
The Station fire raging in the Angeles National Forest forced a delay in counting ballots in two special elections Tuesday in California, officials said. Los Angeles County Registrar Dean Logan said he took steps to carry out Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's executive order aimed at ensuring that all eligible firefighters and other emergency workers had the opportunity to vote in Tuesday's special elections in the 51st Assembly District in the Los Angeles area and the 10th Congressional District in the Bay Area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2009 | Jean Merl
Officially, at least, there is not yet a vacancy in the Los Angeles area's 51st Assembly District. But the jockeying to replace Assemblyman Curren Price Jr. is already underway. Price emerged with the Democratic nomination for the 26th state Senate District in last Tuesday's special election and is virtually assured of winning the May 19 runoff, political experts said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2009 | Jean Merl
Setting off a new round of political musical chairs, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has set Sept. 1 as the date for a special election to fill a Los Angeles-area Assembly seat. The vacancy in the 51st Assembly District, which includes Lawndale, Gardena, Inglewood, Hawthorne and parts of Los Angeles, was created with the election last month of Curren Price Jr., a Democrat, to the state Senate seat formerly held by Mark Ridley-Thomas. If no one wins a majority, there will be a Nov. 3 runoff among the top vote-getters from each party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2009 | Jean Merl
The Station fire raging in the Angeles National Forest forced a delay in counting ballots in two special elections Tuesday in California, officials said. Los Angeles County Registrar Dean Logan said he took steps to carry out Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's executive order aimed at ensuring that all eligible firefighters and other emergency workers had the opportunity to vote in Tuesday's special elections in the 51st Assembly District in the Los Angeles area and the 10th Congressional District in the Bay Area.
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March 2, 2000 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Say you're seeking a contested seat in the Legislature and you win your party's nomination in Tuesday's primary. In most cases, you would barely have time to sip your victory night champagne before getting back on the stump for the fall election. But if you're the Democratic nominee in a handful of districts in Los Angeles County, you can rest assured that you'll be going to Sacramento, even if you don't walk another precinct or raise another campaign dollar before the Nov. 7 general election.
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August 31, 1990 | GEORGE HATCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six-term South Bay Assemblyman Gerald Felando says his run for reelection this year may be his last. In an interview, Felando said that although he has not yet made a final decision, he is thinking about serving just one more two-year term--assuming he wins reelection on Nov. 6. "With another two years, that gives me 14 years in the Assembly," the 55-year-old San Pedro Republican said. "I think it might be time to step aside and let someone new with fire in their guts take a stab."
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October 18, 1990 | GEORGE HATCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wondering whether the abortion issue will affect the South Bay's state legislative races? Keep an eye on the 51st Assembly District, where Democrat Marilyn J. Landau of Torrance has made abortion rights the centerpiece of her campaign to unseat six-term incumbent Gerald N. Felando (R-San Pedro). Stretching from San Pedro to Manhattan Beach, the 51st District is hosting the closest thing to competition in this year's generally lackluster South Bay state Assembly and Senate contests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2009 | Jean Merl
As voters in a South Bay state Assembly district prepare to cast ballots in Tuesday's special election, the big question is whether one of the five Democratic candidates can win the vacant seat outright or whether a runoff will be needed. Gardena Councilman Steve Bradford, who narrowly lost the Democratic primary for the 51st district seat in June 2006, jumped in early this time, raising money and locking up endorsements well before the filing period closed and while other candidates were still weighing a run. His substantial edge in campaign cash and the backing of organized labor has led most knowledgeable observers to label him the clear front runner in what is expected to be a very low-turnout election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2009 | Jean Merl
Mark Ridley-Thomas' election to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last fall already has spawned three special elections for legislative seats. And there will be a fourth if none of the six candidates on the Sept. 1 ballot for the 51st Assembly District can muster a majority. The field consists of five Democrats -- two members of city councils, a water board member who formerly served on a local school board, a 20-year-old making his first bid for elected office and a perennial candidate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2009 | Jean Merl
Officially, at least, there is not yet a vacancy in the Los Angeles area's 51st Assembly District. But the jockeying to replace Assemblyman Curren Price Jr. is already underway. Price emerged with the Democratic nomination for the 26th state Senate District in last Tuesday's special election and is virtually assured of winning the May 19 runoff, political experts said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Assemblyman Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) defeated Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez (D-Norwalk) by 305 votes to win the Democratic nomination in the 30th state Senate District, Los Angeles County election officials said Wednesday.
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June 8, 2006 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
African Americans were poised to make their greatest gain yet in the Legislature, with three black Democrats winning their party's nomination in new districts where their success in November's general election is practically a sure bet. Their election would increase the number of African Americans in the Legislature from six to nine, the highest ever at a time when the percentage of blacks in California is slipping.
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June 7, 2006 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
The shape of the next California Legislature was being molded Tuesday with intensely fought primaries that will bring some fresh faces into the Assembly and possibly realign the politics of the traditionally liberal Senate. The impact of term limits was evident up and down the state, clearing out much of the lower house and propelling many veteran members to look for safe landings in the upper house.
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