Competitive Assembly races draw backers
One of the hottest Assembly races next year is for the Westside-based seat in the newly drawn 50th District, where a three-way contest is underway among Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-Marina del Rey), nonprofit organization leader Torie Osborn and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, both also Democrats. This week, Butler and Osborn continued to rack up endorsements — Butler from the Painters and Allied Trades District Council No. 36 and Osborn from the Progressive Democrats of the San Monica Mountains.
In other Assembly contests with early starts for the June, 2012, primary election:
-- Attorney Andrew Lachman, one of four Democrats who’ve announced they are vying for the new San Fernando Valley-based 46th District, has picked up support from several leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, including Dean Hansell, a member of the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center board, and JD DiSalvitore, past vice president of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
-- Torrance school board member Al Muratsuchi has won the endorsement of Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) in his bid for the new, open 66th Assembly District in the South Bay.
-- The California School Employees Assn.’s Chapter 11 is supporting Democrat John Tran, a member of the El Monte Union High School District board and the former mayor of Rosemead, in his bid for the newly drawn, open seat in the 49th Assembly District. At least three others are expecting to run in this San Gabriel Valley district.
-- Two members of the state Assembly have added their names to the endorsement lists of two of their would-be colleagues. Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point) is supporting Phil Paule, an aide to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), in the already crowded race for the open seat in the new 67th District, and Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) is backing Reginald Jones-Sawyer, secretary of the California Democratic Party, for the new 59th Assembly District in Los Angeles. Several other Democrats are running.
-- Jean Merl