AD 50: More money, more votes in Westside race? (updated)

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The newly created Assembly district that stretches from Hancock Park to Beverly Hills and Malibu is one of the wealthiest districts in the state, and now it is also home to an expensive fight between three high-profile Democrats.

Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom and Torie Osborn, former head of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, are competing in a new district born from the recent redistricting process. All three are Democrats. A Republican, Bradly Torgan, an environmental attorney, is also campaigning for the seat.

Butler has been serving in the Assembly’s 53rd District, which runs south from Marina del Rey to Torrance. Once new district lines were drawn, Butler moved to Beverly Hills rather than stay in a reconfigured district that expanded east to include Inglewood and Hawthorne.

With less than a week until the primary, Osborn had $250,805 in cash on hand. Butler has $184,205 and Bloom has $91,097 in cash. Torgan had $3,309 in cash on hand, according to a report filed for the period ending March 17.

This post has been updated.

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