APA Candidates Compete at All Levels

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Rep. Mike Honda and his supporters celebrate on election night.

Rep. Mike Honda and his supporters celebrate on election night.

Rafu Staff Report

Following are June 3 election results for Asian Pacific American candidates in legislative and state-level races in California.

U.S. Congress

• 6th Congressional District: Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) received 38,349 votes (73.4 percent) to Republican Joseph McCray Sr.’s 13,914 votes (26.6 percent). They will face off again in the Nov. 4 runoff election.

• 7th Congressional District: Rep. Ami Bera (D-Rancho Cordova) with 31,726 votes (47.0 percent) and Republican Doug Ose with 18,073 (26.8 percent) were the top two finishers out of six candidates and will be in the November runoff. Also running were Republicans Igor Birman (16.9 percent) and Elizabeth Emken (7.0 percent), Libertarian Douglas Arthur Tuma, and independent Phill A. Tufi.

• 11th Congressional District (Contra Costa County): State Sen. Mark Desaulnier (D-Concord) was first with 40,615 votes (59.1 percent), followed by Republican Tue Phan, a retired judge of the San Francisco Immigration Court, with 19,013 (27.8 percent). They will be in the November runoff. Democrat Cheryl Suddith was fourth with 3,318 votes (4.8 percent) and Tony Daysog, a former Alameda city councilman of Filipino and Japanese descent, was fourth with 2,338 (3.4 percent). Also running were independent Jason Ramey (2.7 percent), Democrat Ki Ingersol (2.2 percent) and American Independent Virginia Fuller (write-in).

• 17th Congressional District: Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) was on top with 28,136 votes (48.6 percent), followed by Democratic challenger Ro Khanna, a former U.S. Commerce Department official, with 15,691 (27.1 percent). The general election will again pit the veteran Japanese American congressman, supported by the Democratic establishment in Washington, against the younger Indian American supported by tech leaders in Silicon Valley. Also running were Republican Vanila Singh (9,783 votes, 16.9 percent) and Joel Vanlandingham (4,248 votes, 7.3 percent).

• 25th Congressional District: Republican Navraj Singh finished last out of eight candidates with 534 votes (1.1 percent). The runoff will be between two Republicans, former State Sen. Tony Strickland (14,573 votes, 29.4 percent) and State Sen. Steve Knight of Santa Clarita (14,016 votes, 28.3 percent). Also running were Democrats Lee Rogers (22.4 percent) and Evan “Ivan” Thomas (9.8 percent), Republican Troy Castagna (5.9 percent), Libertarian Davis Koster Bruce (1.8 percent) and independent Michael Mussack (1.4 percent).

• 27th Congressional District: Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) garnered 30,991 votes (61.2 percent) to Republican Jack Orswell’s 19,641 (38.8 percent). The two will face off again in the runoff.

• 33rd Congressional District: In the race to replace outgoing Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles), the 18 candidates on the ballot were led by Republican prosecutor Elan Carr with 17,904 votes (21.5 percent) and State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) with 15,870 (19.0 percent). Falling short of the runoff were Democrat Wendy Greuel (16.8 percent), independent Marianne Williamson (12.9 percent), Democrat Matt Miller (12.0 percent), Republican Lily Gilani (7.0 percent), Democrat Barbara Mulvaney (2.3 percent), Republican Kevin Mottus (2.3 percent), Democrats David Kanuth (1.4 percent) and Kristie Holmes (0.9 percent), Libertarian Mark Matthew Herd (0.8 percent), Green Micahel Ian Sachs (0.7 percent), Democrat Michael Shapiro (0.6 percent), independent Tom Fox (0.5 percent), Democrats Zein Obagi Jr. (0.4 percent), Vince Flaherty (0.3 percent) and James Graf (0.3 percent), and independents Brent Roske (0.2 percent) and Theo Milonopoulos (write-in). Lieu gave up his Senate seat to run for Congress.

• 41st Congressional District: Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside) received the most votes, 15,356 (44.6 percent) and is headed for a runoff with Republican Steve Adams, a Riverside city councilman, who received 12,863 (37.4 percent). Also running were Democrat Veronica Franco (10.0 percent) and Republican Yvonne Terrell Girard (7.9 percent).

• 49th Congressional District: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) was first with 36,267 votes (55.2 percent) and will be in a runoff with Democrat Dave Peiser (19,676 votes, 28.8 percent). Democrat Noboru Isagawa was third with 6,766 (9.9 percent) and Democrat Johnny Moore was a write-in candidate.

Congressional candidate Ted Lieu (fourth from left) with members of the Miracle Mile Democratic Club.

Congressional candidate Ted Lieu (fourth from left) with members of the Miracle Mile Democratic Club.

State Legislature

• 4th Senate District (which includes Butte, Colusa, Sutter and Yuba counties): Republican Jim Nielsen, a rancher and small businessman, received 63,841 votes (63.4 percent) and will be in a runoff with Democrat CJ Jawahar, an engineer and educator, who received 36,814 (36.6 percent).

• 6th Senate District: Two Democratic members of the Assembly from Sacramento, Roger Dickinson (29,617 votes, 40.2 percent) and Richard Pan (22,982 votes, 31.2 percent), will face off in November. The other candidates were Republicans James Axelgard (16.2 percent) and Jonathan Zachariou (12.4 percent). The winner will succeed Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).

• 10th Senate District: Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), who received 23,811 votes (35.0 percent), will be in a runoff with Republican Peter Kuo, a small businessman, who received 17,797 (26.2 percent). Democrat Mary Hayashi, a former member of the Assembly and former candidate for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, was third with 14,279 (21.0 percent), followed by Democrat Roman Reed (13.8 percent) and independent Audie Bock (4.1 percent).

• 24th Senate District: State Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles), who received 23,000 votes (64.7 percent) will be in a runoff with fellow Democrat Peter Choi (7,226 votes, 20.3 percent), president and CEO of the Temple City Chamber of Commerce and past board member of the California Small Business Association. The Republican candidate, William Rodriguez Morrison, was out of the running with 5,301 (14.9 percent).

• 34th Senate District: Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, a Republican, was in first place with 32,709 votes (51.5 percent). Her Democratic opponent in November will be Jose Solorio (21,584 votes, 34.0 percent), Rancho Santiago Community College District trustee and former member of the Assembly. In third place was Republican Long Pham, a businessman and engineer.

• 9th Assembly District: There will be a runoff between Jim Cooper (11,382 votes, 31.4 percent), former Elk Grove mayor and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department captain, and Sacramento City Councilmember Darrell Fong, (10,372 votes, 28.6 percent), a former Sacramento police officer who is of Chinese and Japanese descent. Also running were Republicans Tim Gorsulowksy (17.9 percent) and Manuel J. Martin (13.4 percent) and Democrat Diane Rodriguez-Suruki (8.7 percent).

• 15th Assembly District (which includes parts of Contra Costa and Alameda counties): Democrat Sam Kang, a civil rights organizer, was fifth out of eight candidates with 2,873 votes (6.4 percent). Democrats Elizabeth Echols (13,865 votes, 31.1 percent) and Tony Thurmond (10,387 votes, 23.3 percent) will be in the runoff. Also running were Democrat Pamela Price (17.1 percent), Republican Rich Kinney (11.9 percent), Democrat Clarence Hunt (5.0 percent), Peace and Freedom candidate Eugene Ruyle (3.4 percent) and independent Bernt Rainer Wahl (1.7 percent).

• 17th Assembly District: Two Democrats, San Francisco Supervisors David Chiu (26,217 votes, 48.4 percent) and David Campos (23,367 votes, 43.1 percent), are headed for a runoff. The Republican candidate, David Carlos Salaverry, was far behind with 4,577 votes (8.5 percent).

• 18th Assembly District: Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) received 27,591 votes (84.9 percent) and will face off with Republican David Erlich (4,903 votes, 15.1 percent) in November.

• 19th Assembly District: Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), who received 33,559 votes (76.9 percent), will be in a runoff with Republican Rene Pineda (10,061 votes, 23.1 percent).

• 25th Assembly District: Democrat Kansen Chu, a San Jose city councilman, led with 10,579 votes (29.8 percent) and will be in a runoff with Republican Bob Brunton (8,483 votes, 23.9 percent). Also running were Democrats Teresa Cox (17.0 percent), Armando Gomez (16.5 percent), and Craig Steckler (12.8 percent).

• 28th Assembly District: Democrat Evan Low, a Campbell city councilman, received 19,766 votes (39.8 percent) and will face off with Republican Chuck Page (13,412 votes, 27.0 percent), a Saratoga city councilman, in November. Also running were Democrat Barry Chang (24.0 percent), a Cupertino city councilman, and Republican Micahel Hunsweck (9.2 percent).

• 32nd Assembly District: Republican Romeo Agbalog, a trustee of the Delano Union School Districct, was in last place with 5,106 votes (22.1 percent). The runoff candidates will be Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Republican Pedro Rios.

• 37th Assembly District: Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) was in first place with 33,153 votes (57.9 percent) and will face off with Republican Ron Deblauw (24,143 votes, 42.1 percent), a real estate broker.

• 49th Assembly District: Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) received 13,817 votes (60.7 percent). His Republican opponent in November will be Republican Esthela Torres Siegrist (8,947 votes, 39.3 percent), a community college instructor.

• 55th Assembly District: Republican Ling-Ling Chang, Diamond Bar councilmember and former mayor, received 9,421 votes (27.9 percent) and will face Democrat Gregg Fritchle (9,292 votes, 27.5 percent), a social worker, in the runoff. Also running were Republicans Phillip Chen (23.1 percent), a member of the Walnut Valley Unified School District board, and Steve Tye (21.5 percent), a Diamond Bar city councilman.

• 65th Assembly District: Republican Young Kim, a small businesswoman, received 15,704 votes (54.7 percent) and will challenge Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), who received 13,025 votes (45.3 percent).

• 66th Assembly District: Republican David Hadley, an independent small businessman, finished first with 23,661 votes (50.1 percent), followed closely by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) with 23,588 votes (49.9 percent). They now go to the runoff.

State Offices

• Governor: Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown was far ahead of 17 challengers with 1,716,920 votes (54.5 percent). His Republican opponent in November will be Neel Kashkari, a son of Indian immigrants and former managing director of global equity for Pimco in Newport Beach, who received 599,543 votes (19.0 percent), beating Assemblymember Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), who came in third.

• Lieutenant governor: Republican George Yang, a software developer, was a distant fourth out of eight candidates with 242,711 votes (8.0) percent. Democratic incumbent Gavin Newsom (1,517,758 votes, 49.9 percent) will run against Republican Ron Nehring (706,021 votes, 23.2 percent) in November.

• Attorney general: Democratic incumbent Kamala Harris was ahead of six challengers with 1,584,800 votes (51.3 percent), followed by Republican Ronald Gold with 380,642 (12.7 percent).

• Controller: Democrat Betty Yee, a member of the State Board of Equalization, was in second place out of six candidates with 751,691 votes (21.7 percent). In the lead was Republican Ashley Swearengin (857,660 votes, 24.7 percent), mayor of Fresno. In third place was Democrat John Perez (751,340 votes, 21.7 percent), former California Assembly speaker, and in fourth place was Republican David Evans (740,576 votes, 21.3 percent), former mayor of California City. With thousands of ballots still uncounted, it was  unclear whether Yee, Perez or Evans will be in the runoff. Yee has higher name recognition in the Bay Area; she got 44 percent of the vote in San Francisco.

• Secretary of state: State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), who was suspended after being indicted on federal corruption charges, withdrew from the secretary of state race, but his name remained on the ballot. He finished third out of eight candidates with 287,590 votes (9.8 percent). The top two were State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Los Angeles) with 884,857 votes (30.1 percent) and Republican Pete Peterson with 871,388 (29.6 percent). Yee was in third place even in San Francisco, where the scandal received heavy media coverage.

• Treasurer: Democrat John Chiang, currently state controller, received 1,642,188 votes (55.1 percent) and will be in a runoff with Republican Greg Conlon (1,146,449 votes, 38.4 percent), a businessman and CPA. The third candidate was Ellen Brown (6.5 percent) of the Green Party.

• Board of Equalization, District 2: Former Assemblymember Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) was first with 608,306 votes (68.5 percent) and will face Republican James Theis (279,961 votes, 31.5 percent) in the runoff.

• Board of Equalization, District 4: Two former Republican members of the Assembly finished fourth and fifth out of six candidates. Van Tran received 61,361 votes (8.7 percent) and Shirley Horton, former mayor of Chula Vista, received 57,481 (8.1 percent). The candidates in the runoff will be Democrat Nader Shahatit (242,962 votes, 34.4 percent), a government auditor, and Republican Assemblymember Diane Harkey of Laguna Niguel (239,278 votes, 33.9 percent).

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