Fil­ing dead­line for March vote near

Seven chal­lengers may face Lackey for As­sem­bly seat

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By JULIE DRAKE Val­ley Press Staff Writer

Fri­day is the fil­ing dead­line for any­one who wishes to run for the state As­sem­bly or Se­nate, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, or the Los An­ge­les County Board of Su­per­vi­sors, and other non­par­ti­san of­fices.

Assem­bly­man Tom Lackey, R-Palm­dale, could face up to seven Demo­cratic chal­lengers in the March 3 pres­i­den­tial and con­gres­sional pri­maries for the 36th As­sem­bly seat.

The three-term Assem­bly­man

filed his nom­i­na­tion pa­pers to re­tain his seat on Nov. 25. Demo­crat Johnathon Ervin, who ran un­suc­cess­fully for the state Se­nate in Novem­ber 2016, pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 22 to chal­lenge Lackey, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion on the Los An­ge­les County Reg­is­trar-Recorder/County Clerk’s web­site.

Other Democrats who seek to chal­lenge Lackey in­clude Lan­caster busi­ness­woman Lour­des Everett, who filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 27, Lan­caster busi­ness­man/ ed­u­ca­tor Ol­lie McCauley, who filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov.12, and re­tired health­care ad­min­is­tra­tor Michael Rives, who filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 25.

At­tor­ney Steve Fox, who lost to Lackey in 2014 as the in­cum­bent, and again in Novem­ber 2016, and Novem­ber 2018, pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 15.

Diedra M. Green­away, a Demo­crat who listed an In­gle­wood ad­dress, pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 14. Demo­crat Eric An­drew Ohlsen filed a sig­na­ture in lieu of fil­ing fee pe­ti­tion on Nov. 6, but has not pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers as of Fri­day.

State Sen­a­tor Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers to re­tain his seat on Nov. 26. Lan­caster Demo­crat Dana LaMon, a re­tired judge and mo­ti­va­tional speaker, pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 12 to chal­lenge Wilk. Demo­crat War­ren Heaton, of Santa Clarita, also pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 12. Democrats Steve Hill and Kipp Mueller filed sig­na­ture in lieu of fil­ing fee pe­ti­tions, but have not pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers as of Fri­day.

Fifth District Su­per­vi­sor Kathryn Barger filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers to re­tain her seat on Nov. 22. Sierra Madre Mayor John

Harabe­dian filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers to chal­lenge Barger on Nov. 13. Ed­u­ca­tor and en­vi­ron­men­tal en­tre­pre­neur Dar­rell Park filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 26 for the non-par­ti­san seat.

Vot­ers will get to vote twice for the 25th Con­gres­sional District seat held by former Rep. Katie Hill, who re­signed last month.

Gov. Gavin New­son set the special pri­mary elec­tion for March 3; that is the same day as the pres­i­den­tial and con­gres­sional pri­maries. If no can­di­date gets 50% of the vote, then a runoff elec­tion be­tween the top two can­di­dates will take place on May 12. The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will com­plete the re­main­der of Hill’s term, which runs Jan­uary 2021. The fil­ing pe­riod for nom­i­na­tion pa­pers for the special March 3 pri­mary does not be­gin un­til Dec. 23.

Mean­while, vot­ers will select the top two can­di­dates from a field of 11 po­ten­tial can­di­dates to face off in Novem­ber 2020.

Hill an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion Oct. 27, fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of im­proper re­la­tions with staff mem­bers that trig­gered a House Ethics Com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­ga­tion and fol­low­ing the re­lease of nude photos of Hill in on­line con­ser­va­tive out­lets.

She de­nied any wrong­do­ing and has said she was the vic­tim of a re­venge porn cam­paign.

Hill de­feated former Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palm­dale, in the 2018 Blue Wave that gave Democrats con­trol of the House. Knight an­nounced his can­di­dacy to re­gain the seat on Nov. 9. Knight pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 14.

Repub­li­can Mike Gar­cia, a former Navy fighter pi­lot, an­nounced his can­di­dacy for Hill’s seat in April. Gar­cia filed nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 27.

Other po­ten­tial Repub­li­can can­di­dates in­clude former Trump cam­paign aide Ge­orge Pa­padopou­los, who served time in fed­eral prison af­ter plead­ing guilty to ly­ing to fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Pa­padopou­los, who listed a Los An­ge­les ad­dress, pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 22. Repub­li­can Dave Lozano pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 26.

State Assem­bly­woman Christy Smith, D-Santa

Clarita, pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 19. Palm­dale Demo­crat Getro Franck El­ize pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 15. Demo­crat Christo­pher Smith, who listed a Los An­ge­les ad­dress, pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 19.

Demo­crat Cenk Uygur, host of the pro­gres­sive “Young Turks” news chan­nel on YouTube, pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 25. Uygur listed a No­vato ad­dress. Palm­dale Demo­crat Ani­bal Valdez-Ortega also pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers on Nov. 25.

In the 23rd Con­gres­sional District seat held by Repub­li­can Kevin McCarthy, Quartz Hill Demo­crat Kim Man­gione filed a sig­na­ture in lieu of fil­ing fee pe­ti­tion on Nov. 5, but has not pulled nom­i­na­tion pa­pers as of Fri­day.

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