Los Angeles Times

Vote counting begins in state Senate race

- By Jaclyn Cosgrove

Voters in a state Senate district of Los Angeles County that stretches from Century City to South L.A. went to the polls Tuesday for a special election for the successor of a seat previously held by Supervisor Holly Mitchell.

Mitchell, a Democrat, represente­d the 30th Senate District, which includes Mar Vista and downtown L.A., before vacating the seat after winning the 2nd District seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisor­s in the November election.

Seven candidates were on the ballot, including Assemblywo­man Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), who represents the 54th District. A former district director for Mitchell, Kamlager has received the endorsemen­ts of Mitchell, U.S. Reps. Karen Bass and Maxine Waters and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

Two other Democrats

were on the ballot: Culver City Vice Mayor Daniel Lee, who became the first Black member of that city’s council in 2018, and Cheryl Turner, a trial lawyer and public member of the state Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatri­c Technician­s. Lee received endorsemen­ts from local progressiv­e groups including

Democratic Socialists of America and Ground Game LA.

Renita Duncan, a U.S. Army Reserve command sergeant major who has worked in domestic violence prevention in the military, is the only no-party, no-preference candidate.

Two Republican­s are in the running for the seat historical­ly held by Democrats: business consultant Tiffany Jones, who has worked in real estate and skin care, and Joe Lisuzzo, a businessma­n and local restaurant owner.

Ernesto Huerta ran as a candidate for the socialist Peace and Freedom Party after working as a community organizer focused on police brutality and tenants’ rights.

If no candidate receives a majority of votes, a special general election will be held May 4.

Residents could vote at one of 23 centers that were open Tuesday until 8 p.m. Each center was prepared to follow the state and county’s public health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19.

Because of the pandemic, a ballot was mailed to every registered voter. Residents could bring those ballots to a vote center or cast them in a drop box until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

 ?? Brian van der Brug Los Angeles Times ?? HOLLY MITCHELL, right, reacted in November during her win for the L.A. County supervisor seat.
Brian van der Brug Los Angeles Times HOLLY MITCHELL, right, reacted in November during her win for the L.A. County supervisor seat.

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