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Kamlager wins 54th Assembly District seat

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Community College District trustee Sydney Kamlager is expected to be sworn in to the Assembly next month after winning the 54th District special election with more than two-thirds of the vote April 3.

Kamlager received 68.93 percent of the vote in the field of four, according to semi-official results released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

“I am deeply grateful to the voters of the 54th Assembly District for their humbling vote of confidence at the ballot box in today’s special primary election that has been of great importance to residents of South Los Angeles, West L.A. and Culver City,” Kamlager said in a victory statement.

“The voters clearly expressed their desire to choose a demonstrated leader who will fight hard for their interests in Sacramento and who’ll work hard to reflect their voice in our state Capitol.”

Kamlager also thanked her volunteers, supporters, endorsers, contributors, staff and consultants for helping propel her to victory.

Fellow Democrat Tepring Michelle Piquado, a neuroscientist and professor, was second with 14.4 percent. Republican Glen Ratcliff was third with 12.98 percent of the vote and Democrat Grayson Pangilinan finished fourth with 3.68 percent of the vote.

Kamlager is also a district director for state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, and a member of the county Commission on Children and Families. She is expected to be sworn in in early May after the county Board of Supervisors declare the election results official.

The 54th District includes Culver City, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Ladera Heights, Mar Vista and Windsor Hills.

The special election was prompted by the resignation of Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, a son of county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, in December. The younger Ridley-Thomas said he resigned because he had just undergone his fifth surgery of the year and was facing “persistent health issues.”

Kamlager’s term ends in December. She will face Piquado, Ratcliff and three other Democrats who were not candidates in the special election in the June 5 primary ballot, seeking a spot on the November general election ballot in the race for a full two-year term.