In the San Fernando Valley, it looks like Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon’s political career may be over, at least for now. The longtime politician – who had stints on the city council, in the state Senate and very briefly in the state Assembly – lost the 39th Assembly District seat to Raul Bocanegra, who pulled ahead with 59 percent of the vote. It was a tough race for Alarcon, who is facing multiple felony counts of voter fraud and perjury for allegedly living outside of his city council district.
Last month, Alarcon told reporters that the case cast a dark shadow over his race.
“The issue is about residency and I think all the voters have the opportunity to consider my service versus a residency issue and let the courts decide,” he said.
The race was also an example of political musical chairs. Raul Bocanegra is the chief of staff to incumbent Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes. Fuentes is leaving the Assembly to run for Richard Alarcon’s seat on the city council.
Over in the San Gabriel Valley, Democrat Edwin Chau beat Republican Matthew Lin with 57 percent of the vote in the 49th Assembly District. It’s a turnaround from the June primary, when Lin did better than Chau and a second Democratic candidate combined. The 49th is unique in that it’s the state’s first Asian-American-majority district.
This one is still too close to call: Betsy Butler vs. Richard Bloom. In the 50th Assembly District, Bloom, a former Santa Monica mayor, was leading with 218 votes at 8:03 a.m. with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Ian Calderon won the race in the 57th Assembly District with 64 percent of the vote. His father is Assemblyman Charles Calderon. His uncles are Ron Calderon, a state senator, and Tom Calderon, a former state assemblyman. He beat Republican Noel A. Jaimes.
In the 47th Assembly District, Joe Baca Jr. was losing to fellow Democrat Cheryl R. Brown, 56 to 44 percent. The senior Joe Baca was also losing Wednesday, having lost his seat in the 35th Congressional district to Gloria Negrete McLeod.
Democrat Jimmy Gomez won the race in the 51st District with 60 percent of the vote. He defeated Luis Lopez, also a Democrat. And in Fullerton’s 65th District, Sharon Quick-Silva pulled ahead of incumbent Chris Norby. Quick-Silva won 50.5 percent of the vote.