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Battle for 54th A.D. is three-way race

OW Staff Writer | 10/23/2013, midnight

Three democrats have been officially certified to run for the state assembly seat vacated by Holly Mitchell, who was elected to the California Senate.

The Assembly election will be held Dec. 3, and the deadline to register to vote is Nov. 18.

The heavily democratic district encompasses parts of Culver City, Los Angeles and Inglewood as well as the communities of Baldwin Hills, Century City, Mar Vista, Westwood, Ladera Heights, Leimert Park and View Park-Windson Hills.

It is an ethnically diverse district of: 29.45 percent White; 25.20 percent Black; 30.50 percent Latino; 12.73 percent Asian; 0.29 percent Native American; 0.17 percent Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; 0.59 percent other; and 1.07 percent multiracial.

Whoever wins the election will finish out Mitchell’s term. She was elected in 2012.

The candidates are: Christopher R. Armenta, an accountant who lives on the Westside, and has resided in the district for more than 35 years. He served a mayor of Culver City and has more than 25 years of government accounting and auditing experience.

Real estate broker John Jake, who lives in the mid-city area, is self-employed and earned a football scholarship to the University of Idaho after attending community college locally. In 2012, he was elected president of the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council.

Sebastian Ridely-Thomas, a graduate of Morehouse College and one of the twin sons of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, is an education deputy with L.A. City Councilmember Curren Price, and served as public policy director for Price in the state senate.