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Campaigns build in Westside and South Bay Assembly races

October 16, 2011 |  9:35 pm

Candidates who have already announced for next year's races for California Assembly are raising money and building support.

In the newly drawn 66th Assembly District in the South Bay, several prominent Republicans have scheduled a Nov. 16 fundraiser for Nathan Mintz, who ran a hard-fought race against Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-Marina del Rey) last year.

Several former GOP elected officials are on the host committee for Mintz's fundraiser in Manhattan Beach.  They are former Rep. Steven T. Kuykendall of Long Beach and former Manhattan Beach mayors Bob Holmes and Russ Lesser.

Mintz's competition is likely to be Torrance Unified School District Board Member Al Muratsuchi, who announced his candidacy last week. The state deputy attorney general already has received support from a score of area elected officials and Democratic Party activists.

Butler, who is seeking reelection in the new Westside-based 50th Assembly District, announced an endorsement from state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Her main competition, Democratic activist Torie Osborn, picked up backing from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

-- Jean Merl