Assemblywoman wins special election

Holly J. Mitchell to take office

OW Staff Writer | 9/19/2013, midnight

Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell has won a special election to succeed Curren Price in the California State Senate, defeating fellow Democrat Mervin Evans.

Mitchell had 17,121 votes, or 80.6 percent of the total for Senate District 26. Evans had 4,109 votes, or 19.4 percent.

The special election in the district was triggered by Price’s election to the Los Angeles City Council.

In a statement, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair and California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman said, “The Los Angeles County Democratic Party congratulates Assembly Member Holly J. Mitchell, the Democratic Party’s official candidate for State Senate, for her resounding victory tonight. We look forward to working with Senator-elect Mitchell to move our community forward.”

Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said she wants to work for affordable health care and safe environments for children. She also said she wants to find more revenue for the state to lessen the tax burden on residents, particularly low-income families. She was elected to the Assembly in November of 2010.

Evans, an author and management consultant, called for changes in the state’s education system to hold individual schools more accountable for student achievement while reducing the emphasis on standardized testing. He is also an advocate of affordable housing and health care.

The election results must be certified by Sept. 27, and while the senate is currently out of session until January, Mitchell could be sworn-in much sooner than that. She will fulfill Price’s unexpired term, which lasts until the 2014 election.

Once her seat in the 54th Assembly District has been vacated, Gov. Jerry Brown has 15 days to call for an election.

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, one of the twin sons of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, has already thrown his hat into the ring for the 54th Assembly District seat.

The younger Ridley-Thomas has worked as a public policy director, community organizer and consumer advocate. He has also worked in the office of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and served as a state Senate fellow.

Others rumored to be thinking about running for the seat include Damien Goodmon (Democrat) chair of the Crenshaw Subway Coalition; Christopher Armenta (Democrat), former Culver City councilmember and mayor; community activist Erick Morales (Democrat); realtor John Mark Jake (Democrat); and teacher Loren Scott (Democrat).