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Isaac Bryan. Credit: Issac Bryan

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean C. Logan announced semi-official results for the Assembly District 54 Special Primary Election. The election was scheduled to fill Sydney Kamlager’s unexpired term, which ends on Dec. 5, 2022.

As of Wednesday, Issac Bryan, who served as Kamlager’s former senior adviser and currently serves on the Los Angeles Unified School District’s redistricting commission, was in the lead with 49.62 percent of the vote.

Although he had not issued a statement by press time, Bryan is predicted the winner, as he would need more than 50 percent of Tuesday’s election votes to avoid a special runoff election between the top two vote-getters. That election would be held on July 20, 2021.

Bryan has been endorsed by Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37); Kamlager, who now serves in the state Senate; County Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Sheila Kuehl; and five LA City Council members.

Kamlager was elected to the state Senate in March to replace fellow Democrat Holly Mitchell, who left in mid-term after she was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in November 2020.

Candidate Heather Hutt is in second place, with 24.61 percent of the votes cast. She is a former Southern California district director for then U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris. Hutt also was the district director for former Assemblyman and Sen. Isadore Hall, who endorsed her.

Cheryl Turner came away with 10.49 percent of the vote. Turner is an attorney and a member of the state Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

A total of 34,816 ballots were processed and counted, with 11.53 percent of registered voters casting ballots.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 95 percent of the vote by mail ballots had been counted along with nearly five percent of the vote center ballots.

“I have the experience and track record of success we need to not just ‘talk the talk,’ but to do the work needed to fundamentally improve the lives of millions of Californians who have been left behind,” Bryan said in his recent OW interview.

Last November, the county voters approved Measure J which Bryan worked to help get passed. The measure dedicated no less than 10 percent of the County’s locally generated, unrestricted funding to address the disproportionate impact of racial injustice through community investments such as youth development, job training, small business development, supportive housing services and alternatives to incarceration.

“Measure J. was an impetus for my run for the State Assembly,” Bryan said.

Democrats make up 64 percent of registered voters in the district that includes LA’s Crenshaw and Westwood neighborhoods and Baldwin Hills, Century City and Culver City, while Republicans have 9 percent and 22 percent of the district’s voters have no party preference.

After Tuesday’s Election Day there are still outstanding ballots to be processed and counted during the Official Election Canvass. All Vote by Mail ballots received on Election Day will be processed. Once the ballots are verified, they will be counted.

Ballots postmarked by Election Day must be returned to RR/CC Norwalk Headquarters within three days of Election Day to be processed.

Post-election ballot count updates are scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m on May 21 and May 25 and from 10 a.m. to noon on May 27. Subsequent updates may take less time to complete due to decreased volume of ballots. The ballot Counting process is open to public observation. Visit the Downey Talley Operation Center at 9150 E. Imperial Hwy, Downey. View and download election results at www.lavote.net, or call (800) 815-2666.