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Republican advances to runoff in Valley Assembly race

Presidential Primary Election

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The latest ballot results have Republican Jay Stern in the runoff for the 46th Assembly race.

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. 


California Teachers Association backs Nazarian in Valley Assembly race

Adrin Nazarian

Nazarian Campaign

Adrin Nazarian, a candidate for the state Assembly's 46th District, was endorsed today by the California Teachers Association.

The California Teachers Association endorsed the leading candidate in a state Assembly race in the San Fernando Valley today, after appearing to have knocked a pro-charter candidate out of the runoff. 

The chief of staff to Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, Adrin Nazarian, received 27.1 percent of the vote in the June 5 primary, according to the latest results posted by the Secretary of State’s Office. 

“When it comes to protecting the funding of our public schools and empowering teachers, parents and local schools to improve learning environments, there is no doubt in our minds that Adrin Nazarian is the best choice for our students, our schools and our state,” said Dean E. Vogel, president of the California Teachers Association.

In the primary for the 46th District, the union backed attorney Andrew Lachman, who placed fourth in the contest, according to the latest results. The California Teachers Association also actively campaigned against pro-charter candidate Brian Johnson, spending more than $400,000 on independent expenditures to defeat him.