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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.
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.
While many politicians face pitched battles for renomination, 51st District Assemblyman Curtis Tucker Jr. is coasting toward the Democratic nomination with no challengers. And with no Republican candidates in the overwhelmingly Democratic district, Tucker's only contest will occur this fall when he faces Libertarian candidate Clark W. Hanley, an electronics technician from Westchester, and Peace and Freedom Party hopeful Xenia Geraldine Williams, an eligibility worker from Inglewood.
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.
January 9, 1992
Inglewood Mayor Edward Vincent says it is time to move up the political ladder and has announced that he will run for a seat in the state Assembly. The third-term mayor says he plans to run in the proposed 51st Assembly District, which would include Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale and Lennox. The early favorite for the seat, incumbent Assemblyman Curtis Tucker Jr. (D-Inglewood), has decided to run for the state Senate.
January 31, 1988
Deane Dana III, the son of Los Angeles County Supervisor Deane Dana, said Saturday he intends to challenge fellow Republican Gerald N. Felando in the 51st Assembly District, which includes Torrance, the Palos Verdes Peninsula and parts of San Pedro. Felando had announced he would seek the congressional seat now held by Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-Long Beach), who has been nominated by Gov. George Deukmejian to replace the late Jesse M. Unruh as state treasurer.
January 10, 1988
Redondo Beach City Clerk John Oliver said Friday that he has taken out nomination papers to run for the 51st Assembly seat, which covers Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, the Palos Verdes Peninsula and part of San Pedro. The seat is currently held by Republican Gerald N. Felando, who has said he plans to run for the congressional seat of Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-Long Beach) if the Legislature confirms Lungren's nomination as state treasurer.
July 29, 2009 | Jean Merl
The list of candidates for the Sept. 1 special election for the 51st Assembly District has dropped to six after one of those who filed did not qualify, according to the secretary of state's office. Student and disability commissioner Shirl Deadra Green of Los Angeles did not turn in enough valid signatures, leaving five Democrats and one Republican, David Coffin, a businessman, researcher and writer. The Democratic candidates are Gardena City Councilman Steve Bradford; Thomas Jefferson Cares, who did not provide a ballot designation; perennial candidate Mervin Leon Evans, an author, businessman and consultant; Gloria D. Gray, a director of the West Basin Municipal Water District and a former Inglewood school board member; and Lawndale City Councilman Robert Pullen-Miles, an aide to state Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach)
July 21, 2009 | Jean Merl
Seven candidates have filed to run in the Sept. 1 special election to fill the 51st Assembly District seat left vacant when Curren Price won a state Senate post earlier this year. Gardena City Councilman Steve Bradford, who lost the 2006 Democratic primary to Price by just 113 votes, got off to a fast start, lining up support from a host of local elected officials and raising money even before the nomination period closed at 5 p.m. Monday. Many observers see Bradford as the early front-runner.
May 14, 1988 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, Times Staff Writer
A bitter and costly Republican primary battle between Assemblyman Gerald N. Felando and the son of Los Angeles County Supervisor Deane Dana has shaken the usually tranquil 51st Assembly District.
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