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Voters to cast ballots in state primary June 7

NORWALK — Area voters will cast ballots June 7 in the California Primary Election on a number of races from presidential to congressional and state legislative contests, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters here.

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

A large turnout is expected because of the hot ongoing debate by presidential candidates Donald Trump, a Republican; and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, both Democrats.

Other key races are for the Fourth and Fifth District seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors where Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich are stepping down due to term limits.

Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro,; and Knabe’s aide, Steve Napolitano, a former member of the Manhattan Beach City Council, are contenders for the non-partisan position along with Ralph Pacheco of Whittier, a member of the board of the Whittier Union High School District.

The Fourth District includes Whittier, Norwalk, Downey, Bellflower and Paramount.

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.

In the county races, a candidate receiving more than 50 percent of the voter Tuesday will win. If none of them get 50 percent, the top two vote-getters will square off Nov. 8.

Hahn’s decision to run for county supervisor left her 44th Congressional District seat up for grabs.

State Sen. Isadore Hall was one of the first to declare for Hahn’s seat and he quickly drew a crowd that includes Nanette Diaz Barragan, Democrat, an attorney from San Pedro; Christopher Castillo, Republican, a clerk/carpenter from Wilmington; Martha C. Delgadillo, Democrat, a nutrition manager from South Gate; Morris F. Griffin, Democrat, a Los Angeles County maintenance worker from Inglewood; Marcus C. Musante, Democrat, an attorney from Compton; Sylvia Ortiz, Democrat, a business owner from Lynwood; and Armando Sotomayor, Democrat, a volunteer from Long Beach.

The district includes Lynwood and South Gate.

Seeking Hall’s 35th state Senate District seat are former Assemblymen Steven Bradford, a Democrat from Gardena; and Warren Furutani, a Democrat from Wilmington.

Also on the ballot are Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan, a Democrat; and Charlotte Ann Svolus, a Republican, and a special education teacher from Torrance.

Also hotly contested is the seat of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat, who is retiring. Top candidates are California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D- Santa Ana, the sister of Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos.

Three area legislators are unchallenged in the primary and will keep their offices in 2017.

They are Assemblyman Ed Chu, D-South Pasadena, in the 49th Assembly District; Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, in the 58th District; and state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, in the 33rd state Senate District.

In the 34th Congressional District, incumbent Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, is challenged by Adrienne N. Edwards, Democrat, a housing counselorfrom Los Angeles.

Scott M. Adams, an engineer from Lakewood listing no party affiliation, has filed in the 38th Congressional District, challenging Sanchez. Also filing in the 38th District was Republican Ryan Downing, an evangelical from Whittier.

In the 40th Congressional District, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Commerce, is being challenged by student Roman G. Gonzalez of Downey. Gonzalez lists no party affiliation.

In area Assembly races, incumbent Ian Calderon, D-Industry; is being challenged by Republican Rita Topilian of Whittier in the 57th Assembly District, in a rematch from 2014.

In the 63rd Assembly District, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-South Gate, is being challenged by Republican Adams J. Miller of Lakewood, a documentary producer.