The filing period for most offices in the June 5 primary election ended Friday with 20 candidates completing the filing process to run in the 39th Congressional District and four Democrats filing to run against Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale.
The field to succeed retiring Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, could grow because the filing deadline was extended to Wednesday because the incumbent is not seeking re-election.
The six Republicans to have completed filing include Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, former Assemblywoman Young Kim, who has been endorsed by Royce, La Mirada Councilman Andrew Sarega, and Brea Councilman Steve Vargas. Former state Sen. Bob Huff has taken out papers to run for the seat, but has not filed them.
The 10 Democrats to have completed the filing process include health educator and entrepreneur Andy Thornburn, Gil Cisneros, an education advocate who won a record $266 million in the Mega Millions lottery in 2010, Sam Jammal, who worked in the Commerce Department during the Obama administration and associate manager and regulatory counsel for the electric carmaker Tesla in 2017, and Harvard-educated pediatrician Mai Khanh Tran.
Democrats who have taken out papers to run but have not completed the filing process include Jay Chen, a member of the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees who finished second to Royce in 2012.
Some Democratic Party officials have expressed concern that the district is among those with too many Democrats filing to run, thus splitting the vote and allowing Republicans to take the top two places and leave the Democrats without a candidate in the November general election.
There are three candidates without a party preference and one from the American Independent Party.
The district includes portions of eastern Los Angeles County, northern Orange County and Chino Hills and a portion of Chino in southwestern San Bernardino County.
The four Democrats to complete the filing process to run against Knight in the 25th Congressional District include attorney Bryan Caforio, who lost to Knight, 53.1 percent-46.9 percent in the 2016 general election.
The other Democrats to have completed the filing process for the district that includes the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys are Katie Hill, the executive director and deputy CEO of the homeless services nonprofit organization PATH, Jess Phoenix, a geologist, and Dr. Michael Masterman-Smith, a cancer biologist.
Eight Democrats and two Republicans have filed to run in the 32nd Senate District, including former Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, who resigned Feb. 22 when he was facing possible expulsion from the Legislature over sexual harassment allegations.
Other Democrats in the race include former Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, Pico Rivera Councilman Bob Archuleta, Artesia Councilman Ali S. Taj, and Rio Hondo Community College District Board of Trustees Vice President Vicky Santana.
The district includes Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Hacienda Heights, Hawaiian Gardens, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Whittier and portions of Lakewood and Buena Park.
On the county level, no candidate completed the filing process to run against First District Supervisor Hilda Solis. Two candidates completed the filing process to run against Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl — journalist Eric Preven and Daniel G. Glaser.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell drew two opponents in his bid for a second term – – retired sheriff’s Cmdr. Robert “Bob” Lindsey and sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueva.
Three deputy assessors are challenging Assessor Jeffrey Prang in his bid for a second term — Krish Indra Kumar, John “Lower Taxes” Loew and Sandy Sun.
The June 5 ballot will include primaries for governor, U.S. senator, seven other statewide offices, four seats on the Board of Equalization, all of California’s 53 congressional seats, 20 of the 40 state Senate seats and all 80 seats in the Assembly.
The top two candidates in all state and federal races will advance to the general election, regardless of party.
Some would-be candidates who have completed filing may not appear on the June ballot if it is determined they did not gather a sufficient amount of signatures.
—City News Service
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