June 6, 2012 archive

SD-27: Todd Zink Out Polls Senator Fran Pavley

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From the California Secretary of State

In a bit of a surprise, Los Angeles County Prosecutor and political novice, Republican Todd Zink, beat Democratic incumbent California State Senator Fran Pavley last night in a head to head match-up. They will repeat the contest again in November under California’s top two election system.

While you cannot compare these results with the November general election, where voter turn-out will be far greater and Pavley will actually campaign while spending tons of campaign cash, the result will give the Republican Senate leaders someone else to raise money for.

A good result for Todd Zink who will face a formidable challenge in Pavley this fall.

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AD-48: Assemblyman Roger Hernandez Accused of DUI Finishes Second

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From the California secretary of State

Not a very good showing for the Democratic incumbent Assemblyman, Roger Hernandez.

Has being arrested and charged with DUI have anything to do with this Democrat Legislator finishing second in a solidly Democratic Assembly district?

You bet.

Democrat Assemblyman Roger Hernandez could face competition from Republican Joe Gardner in his bid to return to the Assembly, based on Tuesday’s preliminary primary election results.

Early results showed that Hernandez held only a small lead over Gardner, a retired law enforcement officer from West Covina, despite the 48th Assembly District they are vying to represent being majority Democrat.

“We’re really excited,” said Gardner from the Republican Center in Covina. “Everybody is on the edge of their seats and it’s all very exciting. It feels really good.”

Running with no party affiliation, Mike Meza – a retired Pasadena police sergeant and small businessman who unsuccessfully ran as a write-in candidate against Hernandez for the Assembly in 2010 – was trailing the pair in a distant third.

The top-two vote getters in Tuesday’s race will advance to the Nov. 6 general election under the state’s new “top two” primary system.

The 48th Assembly District includes Duarte, Azusa, Glendora, Covina, West Covina, Baldwin Park, Irwindale, part of El Monte, and the unincorporated communities Charter Oak, Bassett and Valinda.

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AD-38: Scott Wilk Beats Patricia McKeon Moves On to November

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From the California Secretary of State

Republican Community College Trustee Scott Wilk has beat back a Republican challenge from Rep. Buck McKeon’s wife, Patricia, to win a top two spot in the November general election. Wilk will face Democrat Edward Headington.

AD-38 is a heavily Republican weighted district and Scott Wilk is the  super favorite to win the seat now occupied by Republican Assmblyman Cameron Smyth.

I have known Scott for many years and I have to congratulate him on a well-run campaign.

Scott Wilk on election night. Photo from Facebook

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Flap’s California Blog @ Flap Twitter Updates for 2012-06-06

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