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Bob Blumenfield prepares for 2 elections in the San Fernando Valley

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Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield is running for a final term of office. He has also filed to run in next spring's primary for the Los Angeles City Council.

Out in the West San Fernando Valley, Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield is running for his final term as a state lawmaker. After the November election, he’ll be preparing for his first run at the Los Angles City Council.

While other Sacramento politicians are running for the Los Angeles City Council in 2013, Blumenfield is the only one whose seat is also up for reelection this year. Following the June primary for his Assembly seat, Blumenfield filed papers to run for the council’s Third District, where Dennis Zine is being termed out. (Zine's Assembly seats covers much of the same area as the Third District.)

“It’s an unfortunate clashing of the calendars,” Blumenfield said. “The seat is coming open now in March and you know, these typically are 12-year — up to 12-year — seats.”

His opponent in November is electrical engineer Chris Kolski, who received 41 percent of the vote in the primary. Kolski, a Republican who supported Ron Paul's run for the GOP presidential nod, hopes that Blumenfield's dual-race strategy turns off independents and even some Democrats. 


Obama, Romney clash on economy in first debate

Obama And Romney Square Off In First Presidential Debate In Denver

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

In a showdown at close quarters, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. "The status quo is not going to cut it," declared the challenger.

Obama in turn accused his rival of seeking to "double down" on economic policies that actually led to the devastating national downturn four years ago — and of evasiveness on details for Romney proposals on tax changes, health care, Wall Street regulation and more.

Both men made frequent references to the weak economy and high national unemployment, by far the dominant issue in the race for the White House. Public opinion polls show Obama with a slight advantage in key battleground states and nationally, and Romney was particularly aggressive, like a man looking to shake up the campaign with a little less than five weeks to run.


Live Blog: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's first presidential debate

In Profile: 100 Years In US Presidential Races

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This composite image shows Barack Obama (L) and Mitt Romney. The Nov. 6, 2012 elections will decide who between Obama and Romney who will win to become the next president of the United States.

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Can the growing California Latino voting population swing House races?

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Former NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez is running for Congress as a Democrat in a Central Valley district with a growing Latino population.

Could the record number of eligible Latino voters tip the November election in some California Congressional races? Maybe.

Earlier this week, the Pew Hispanic Center reported that the number of Latinos who are eligible to vote has jumped 22 percent from 2008. That's got the attention of candidates at all levels.

Amid ads for the two Presidential candidates, you might stumble onto one for a Congressional race, funded by the Democratic House Majority PAC. In one instance, an ad depicts a star-filled sky above a farm field. The voiceover in Spanish says: "A boy from the valley saw the stars. He saw men go to the moon and dreamed. Jose Hernandez lived his dream."

Former astronaut Hernandez is trying to unseat freshman Republican Congressman Jeff Denham in the Central Valley. The district is split almost evenly between Democrats and Republicans, though pollsters say it leans Republican. The district has a growing number of Latino residents — 40 percent of the population vs 46 percent Anglo.