Polls open June 7 for California primary election


June 3, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Voters will go to the polls June 7 for the California primary election to determine which candidates will be on the November ballot in state legislative, congressional and county races.

Two of the top elected officials in Los Angeles County have already secured new terms after being unopposed during the filing for the June primary.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who is completing her first four-year term in office, had no opposition for a second term.

Neither did county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who is completing his second four-year term in the Second Supervisorial District and will become the longest tenured member of the board next December.

In the 54th Assembly District, which serves Culver City, Democratic Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas is being challenged by Republican Glen Ratliff in the primary.

Under the state’s election law, the top two vote-getters in the primary, regardless of political party affiliation, will face each other in the Nov. 8 general election.

In the 37th Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Karen Bass is being challenged by Republican Shariff Hasan, a social entrepreneur; and Democrat Chris Blake Wiggins, a human resources recruiter.

The 37th Congressional District includes Culver City.

While Ridley-Thomas is unopposed in his supervisorial district, there are major battles shaping up in the Fourth and Fifth District where incumbents are unable to seek re-election because of the county term limit laws.

In the Fourth Supervisorial District, which extends from the South Bay on the west to Diamond Bar in the east, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn is giving up a seat in Congress to serve on the Board of Supervisors where her late father Kenneth Hahn served for 40 years.

She is opposed by Ralph Pacheco, a member of the Whittier Union High School District Board of Education; and Steve Napolitano, a Manhattan Beach city councilman and an aide to Supervisor Don Knabe, who can’t seek re-election after more than 20 years in office.

In the Fifth Supervisorial District, which covers the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys as well as part of the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, Mike Antonovich’s long career on the board is coming to an end.

Seven candidates are seeking to replace Antonovich, including Kathryn Barger, his chief deputy from Los Angeles; Elan Carr, a gang prosecutor from Granada Hills; Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander, State Sen. Bob Huff of San Dimas; Rajpal Kahlon, a real estate agent from Pasadena; Billy Malone, a town council member in Altadena; Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and Darrell Park, a budget specialist from Pasadena.

Although Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have just about sewed up their respective party’s nominations for the November presidential race, voters can still cast their votes in those races.

The race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer in Washington next year also is on the ballot.

Attorney General Kamala Harris and Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez are the most prominent Democrats seeking the Senate seat, while Ron Unz, who ran for governor in 1994; Tom Del Beccaro, who was the chair of the state Republican Party from 2011 to 2013; and Greg Conlon are the most prominent Republican candidates.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

 

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