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.
Kamlager received 68.93 percent of the vote in the field of four, according to semi-official results released Wednesday 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.
Fellow Democrat Tepring Michelle Piquado, a neuroscientist and professor, was second with 14.4 percent.
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 in early May. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is tentatively scheduled to declare the election results official on May 1.
The 54th District includes Culver City, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Ladera Heights, Mar Vista and Windsor Hills.
Tuesday’s 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 will face Piquado, small business owner Glen Ratcliff, the lone Republican on the special election ballot, 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.
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