Los Angeles Community College District trustee Sydney Kamlager won Tuesday’s special election to fill the 54th District Assembly seat left open when Sebastian Ridley-Thomas resigned due to health reasons.

Kamlager had 64.82 percent of the vote with 58 of 242 precincts, 23.97 percent, reporting and vote-by-mail ballots counted, according to figures released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

“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,” said Kamlager, one of three Democrats in the race.

Small business owner Glen Ratcliff, the lone Republican in the field of four, was second with 15.76 percent of the vote.

Kamlager is also a district director for Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, and a member of the county Commission on Children and Families. She is expected to be sworn-in this month.

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

Ridley-Thomas, a son of county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, announced his resignation in December, saying he had just undergone his fifth surgery of the year and was facing “persistent health issues.”

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