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Democrat Dababneh, Republican Shelley advance to runoff in 45th Assembly District race

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A senior aide to Rep. Brad Sherman and a writer who has authored books on the US Constitution have advanced to a November 19 runoff for the 45th State Assembly District seat in the west San Fernando Valley. 

Democrat Matt Dababneh, Sherman's district chief of staff, and Republican Susan Shelley finished in Tuesday's primary with 25 and 21 percent of the vote, respectively. The winner of the runoff will fill a vacancy created when Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield was elected to the Los Angeles City Council. 

The Los Angeles County Democratic Party backed Dababneh over six other Democrats in the race. The Daily News editorial page endorsed both Dababneh and Shelley out of the field of 11 candidates. 

In another special election, Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell was elected to the state Senate seat vacated when Curren Price was elected to the L.A. City Council. Mitchell won 80 percent of the vote in the 26th Senate District, which includes Bel-Air, Leimert Park and Los Feliz. 

With Mitchell's victory, the Democrats hold one seat more than a supermajority in the state senate. If Dababneh wins in November, and Democrat Freddie Rodriguez wins his race over independent Paul Leon in the 52nd Assembly District, the Democrats will regain a supermajority in the assembly. The contest between Rodriguez and Leon is set for next Tuesday. 


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