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Assembly candidates chalk up endorsements

September 26, 2011 |  5:58 pm

Assembly candidates are continuing to collect endorsements for next year's elections:

In Riverside County, State Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet) has thrown his support to Phil Paule, an aide to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista).  Paule also has the backing of Issa and several other GOP lawmakers for the 67th District.

In Los Angeles' 51st District, Jimmy Gomez of Echo Park, political director for a nurses union, added the Los Angeles Area Locals of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to his already substantial list of labor backing.  At least three others also are running to replace Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), who is termed out next year.

Two Democratic women are battling for support in the 50th District, based in L.A.'s Westside.  Assemblywoman Betsy Butler of Marina del Rey picked up the endorsement of the National Women's Political Caucus of California. Rival Torie Osborn recently announced two more labor endorsements -- from the California Nurses Assn. and the Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36.

In the San Fernando Valley's 46th District, attorney Andrew Lachman, one of at least three Democrats running, announced endorsements from L.A. Community College District Trustee Kelly Candaele and area business leaders Marty Cooper and Vic Viereck. One of his competitors, Democratic businesswoman Laurette Healey, scored the backing of two legislators, Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and Cedillo.

-- Jean Merl