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Republican advances to runoff in Valley Assembly race

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By just 31 votes, Republican Jay Stern will be in the runoff for a San Fernando Valley state Assembly seat, according to the latest ballot results posted by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Stern finished the race for the Assembly’s 46th District with 8,399 votes – squeaking ahead of educator Brian Johnson who had 8,368. The registrar will certify the results on Monday. Candidates will then have five days to request a recount. It was not immediately clear whether the Johnson campaign would call for a recount.

Before running for office, Johnson was the executive director of the Larchmont Charter Schools. During the primary, pro-charter school groups spent $1.35 million on independent expenditures in support of Johnson. The California Teachers Association spent $400,000 to defeat him. 

The chief of staff to L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian, Adrin Nazarian, was the top vote-getter with 11,496 votes. Nazarian and Stern will face one another in the Nov. 6 runoff.

In another close race, Assemblywoman Betsy Butler will face Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom in the race for the Assembly’s 50th District. Butler finished with 25.8 percent of the vote, while Bloom pulled in 25.6 percent. In third place was Republican Bradly Torgan with 24.4 percent, followed by Torie Osborn at 24.3 percent.

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