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November 23, 1996
Teachers union official Scott Wildman won election to the state Assembly on Friday, eking out a victory in the closest legislative race in Los Angeles County to become the first Democratic legislator elected to the Glendale-Burbank area seat in six decades. In the last county race to be decided, Wildman's margin over GOP businessman John Geranios in the Nov. 5 balloting was 192 votes. The final count, released late Friday by the county registrar-recorder, was 49,452 votes (48.
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November 20, 1996 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reversing a trend that saw his lead in the 43rd state Assembly District race grow repeatedly smaller since election night, Democrat Scott Wildman widened his margin over Republican John Geranios Monday to 128 votes. The latest update from the registrar of voters released Monday showed teachers' union official Wildman with 49,210 votes--48.32% of the total--to represent the Burbank-Glendale district. Businessman Geranios trailed with 49,082 votes, or 48.19%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti has extended his lead over challenger John Lynch to 4,347 votes, gaining 901 votes in counting conducted Tuesday, election officials said. With 18,808 more ballots counted Tuesday, Garcetti, the incumbent who has maintained a slim lead since election night, inched closer to clinching victory over Lynch, who heads the Norwalk branch of the district attorney's office. But the race is still not officially over.
NEWS
November 18, 1996 | GEORGE SKELTON
The hate calls, angry letters and nasty looks have eased off since the election. Now, people are walking up to Ward Connerly and saying he should run for political office. They--mainly Republican Party people--are urging him especially to take on Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in 1998. He has high statewide name ID after having led Proposition 209 to victory. He is exceptionally articulate and also has the advantage of being a successful businessman rather than a career politician.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1996 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Democrat Scott Wildman's already slim lead in the 43rd Assembly District race dwindled to a scant 81 votes Friday. According to an update from the county registrar-recorder, Republican John Geranios picked up 87 votes on Wildman since Monday, when 168 votes separated the two would-be legislators. As it stands now, Wildman has 48,700 votes (48.30%), and Geranios is nipping at his heels with 48,619 votes (48.22%). "I'm encouraged, albeit guardedly," Geranios said Friday.
NEWS
November 15, 1996 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and TIM RUTTEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
What happens when California's unique social attributes--habitual mobility, an unshakable faith in everyone's right to a second chance and the irrepressible desire to be nice--meet the unintended consequences of the federal government's well-meaning desire to extend the democratic franchise as widely as possible?
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November 14, 1996 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Still in a joyful daze over Loretta Sanchez's possible upset of Rep. Robert K. Dornan, Orange County Democrats on Wednesday were focusing their hopes on the race for the 69th Assembly District seat, where absentee ballots show Democrat Lou Correa closing on incumbent Jim Morrissey. Correa, who had been more than 1,400 votes behind before absentee ballots were counted, pulled within 308 votes of Morrissey on Tuesday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1996
The still-undecided contest over a Glendale-Burbank seat in the state Assembly that has been held by Republicans for 62 years grew even tighter Monday, with Republican John Geranios closing to within 168 votes of Democrat Scott Wildman. Wildman, a teachers union representative, had a 544-vote lead after all precincts in the 43rd Assembly District were tallied last week. That margin has tightened with the counting of absentee ballots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1996
The still-undecided contest over a Glendale-Burbank seat in the state Assembly held by Republicans for 62 years grew even tighter Monday, with Republican John Geranios closing to within 168 votes of Democrat Scott Wildman. Wildman, a teachers union representative, had a 544-vote lead after all precincts in the 43rd Assembly District were tallied last week.
NEWS
November 10, 1996 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was his first time in the pilot's seat of the Assembly Republican campaign machine. Speaker Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove) figured the GOP would fly high, bolstering its control of the Assembly on election day. Instead, Pringle and the Republicans took a nose dive. Democrats captured a majority of seats in the Assembly, and now are poised to name one of their own to replace Pringle as speaker when the Legislature reconvenes the first week in December.
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