Mary Plummer

Politics Correspondent

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Democracy can be messy. In Southern California, the political system is changing in front of us, from how we vote to who is running for office. Many voices are shouting to be heard. I examine who gets listened to, and why, and provide a guide to anyone who wants to more fully participate in civic life.

Stories by Mary Plummer

Jimmy Gomez sworn into Congress Tuesday

California’s newest congressional member took his oath of office on Tuesday to represent the 34th district, but the lengthy transition has been controversial.

LA's mayor acknowledges challenges as he starts second term

As Eric Garcetti was sworn in, he was interrupted by a small group of Black Lives Matter protesters who held up signs and chanted.

Secretary of State denies again that California had elections breach

The state's top elections official, responding to a Bloomberg News report, says no breach occurred in the 2016 presidential election in California.

Korean American political clout still a work in progress

Robert Ahn's loss in the 34th Congressional District race proved a disappointment to his Korean American supporters but some see it as a step to broader influence.

Congressional district vote nears final count with low turnout

There are still 1,685 ballots to be counted in the 34th Congressional District race but they won't change the election handily won by state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez.

Gomez wins special congressional election

State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez captured the 34th Congressional District seat in a special election. More than 32,970 ballots had been counted as of Tuesday night.

Your guide to today's special election between Ahn, Gomez

Voters will choose between two Democrats today who share similar views on many issues but differ greatly in their backgrounds and experience.

Fundraising in congressional race making race competitive

Voters in the 34th Congressional District in the Los Angeles pick their next U.S. House member Tuesday. If fundraising is any indication, the results may be close.

Vote by mail in 34th congressional runoff may play key role

Many are watching next week's special congressional election in Los Angeles as a window into the future of voting in California as more people mail in their ballots.

Cram for Tuesday's special election between Gomez, Ahn

Tuesday's runoff election for former U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra's seat features two Democrats who share a lot in common. We break down the points where they differ.

Vote count update in close LA races doesn't seal victories

Ballot counts released in the L.A. City Council District 7 race and school board District 6 contest still don't make crystal clear who won.

LA holds another low-turnout election with big consequences

Voters in Tuesday's general election chose two pro-charter members, tipping the balance of the seven-member Los Angeles Unified School District board.

Voting day in LA: Here's what you need to know

What's at stake? Two City Council seats, two school board seats and one ballot measure will go before voters today in the city's general election.

Here's what you need to cram for Tuesday's LA city election

The city of Los Angeles will hold its general election on Tuesday. We tell you what you need to know to get ready.

LA City Council District 7 candidates closely matched

Voters will be choosing a new representative Tuesday for the L.A. City Council district representing the northeast San Fernando Valley. The district has been without a voting council member since September.