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


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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