Mitchell elected to Senate, Rodriguez to Assembly and another runoff to go

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 26, 2013 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In a special election held this week to fill the Senate seat (Senate District 26) vacated by former Senator Curren Price’s move to the Los Angeles City Council, Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles, Assembly District 54) garnered 80 percent of the vote over fellow Democrat Mervin Evans. The high threshold garnered (over 50 percent of the vote) by Mitchell allows her to move to the Senate immediately without a run-off election. With her ascension to the Senate, political insiders have speculated about the possibility of her becoming the next Senate President pro Tempore with the current Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) terming out next year.

Additionally, this week was also the Special Election to fill the seat vacated by former Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills, AD 45) who also left for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council. Democrat Matt Dababneh and Republican Susan Shelley were the top contenders in the race garnering 25 percent and 21 percent of the vote, respectively. Given neither candidate surpassed the 50 percent threshold, they will move on to a run-off General Election on November 19th.  

Currently, with the win this week of Freddie Rodriguez over Paul Leon in AD 52 (51.3 to 48.7 percent), Assembly Democrats now hold 53 seats in the Assembly and 28 of the 40 seats in the Senate including the win by Mitchell. With the real potential for AD 45 to be won by Shelley Dababneh in November and the newly open AD 54 (Mitchell) to be won by candidate Sebastian Ridley-Thomas sometime early in 2014, both houses are likely to once again have a supermajority. 

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