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Assembly Democrats Lack Supermajority as AD 52 Special Election Commences

July 23, 2013
The race to fill the recently vacated Assembly District (AD) 52 seat officially begins today with seven Democratic candidates vying for the post.
In addition to the crowded Democratic ticket, one Republican and one Decline to State (DTS) candidate are also on the ballot. AD 52 includes portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, and encompasses the cities of Pomona, Chino, Montclair, Ontario and Fontana. 
AD 52 is one of several “domino effect” dubbed special elections this year. Following former Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod’s, D-Chino, ascent to Congress in 2012, former AD 52 Asm. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, resigned following the successful pursuit of her current Senate District 32 seat; thus, leaving AD 52 vacant. To fill this vacancy, Gov. Jerry Brown scheduled this week’s special election back in May with a general run-off set for Sept. 24.      
The following is a listing of all certified candidates on the July 23 AD 52 special election primary ballot:

Paul Vincent Avila Democrat Ontario City Council Member
Tom Haughey Democrat Chino City Council Member, Business Owner
Freddie Rodriguez Democrat Pomona City Council Member
Jason A. Rothman Democrat School Board Member, Educator
Manuel Saucedo Democrat Consultant
Danielle L. Soto Democrat Public Information Specialist
Doris Louise Wallace Democrat Union Member Organizer
Dorothy F. Pineda Republican Business Owner
Paul S. Leon Decline to State Mayor of Ontario, Pastor

It is highly anticipated that the largely Democratic ticket will result in a split vote with not one candidate garnering the 50 plus one percent vote required to win outright. Should this occur, given the district’s Democratic registration of 48 percent, it is more than likely that a Democrat will easily win the run-off election in September. In the meantime, Assembly Democrats will be one vote shy of a supermajority (54 votes) and unable to pass any remaining 2/3 vote-requirement legislation this session without the help of at least one Republican vote. This lack of a Democratic supermajority in the Assembly should prove to be quite interesting as the Legislature enters its final stretch of the current 2013 session; as several key pieces of Democratic-supported and Republican-opposed legislation still hangs in the balance.

For more information regarding the AD 52 race, please visit the Secretary of State’s website.

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