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13 candidates competing in today’s 51st Assembly District primary

51st State Assembly District | State of California

Polls opened at 7 a.m. today as voters across the Eastside prepare to select one of 13 candidates seeking to represent California’s 51st Assembly District,

With so many candidates in the running, it’s unlikely that anyone of them will be able to garner 50% of the vote to be declared the winner. Instead, many expect the two top vote getters to compete in a runoff  schedule for Dec. 5.

The race, as the L.A. Times notes, has been a  “low-wattage and relatively low-dollar race so far” in which of the mostly Democratic, liberal candidates have not been able to break out of the pack. The contenders (see the list below) include a dermatologist, an Echo Park man who was wrongly imprisoned, and a woman who ran for Congress just last April.

Today’s special election was called after former Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for California’s 34th District. Gomez was the winner of a special election to replace Xavier Becerra, who left Congress to become Attorney General of California.

The 51st Assembly District covers most of the Eastside, stretching from Echo Park and Silver Lake on the west, Eagle Rock and Highland Park on the north and El Sereno and unincorporated East Los Angeles on the east.

51st Assembly District Candidates

ANDREW S. AGUERO | LIBERTARIAN PARTY
Construction Worker/Student

RON BIRNBAUM | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Community Doctor

WENDY CARRILLO | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Journalist/Community Advocate

ALEX DE OCAMPO | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Charitable Foundation Adviser

MIKE FONG | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Los Angeles Community College District Board Member

PATRICK KOPPULA | NO PARTY PREFERENCE
Government Innovation Consultant

LUIS LÓPEZ | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Nonprofit Healthcare Director


MARIO OLMOS
| DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Job Developer

JOHN PRYSNER | PEACE & FREEDOM PARTY
Warehouse Operations Coordinator

GABRIEL SANDOVAL | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Education Attorney

BARBARA TORRES | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Union Member Advocate

MARK VARGAS | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Environmentalist/Education Commissioner

DAVID VELA | DEMOCRATIC PARTY
College Professor.

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5 comments

  1. I’d consider voting if I could find any solid information anywhere, endorsements from publications – anything! – that could differentiate all these people. But all I’ve gleaned is that they all have the same positions. I’ll wait til the general election.

    • I think you still should (have) voted. We were all working with the same information base. What if everyone waited for the general election? There is no good excuse not to vote.

      • I think Skeeter was waiting for “publications” to tell him/her how to feel and who to vote for.

      • Fair point, but all of the information came directly from the campaigns. I’d prefer to make an more informed decision than “whose mailers do I like the best?” But I get it, it is what it is.

  2. ACLU had put out an info sheet. There was a town hall-ish meeting w/all the candidates that was reported on. That’s two independent sources of info. You — we all — need to put in a smidge of effort….

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