SAN DIEGO (Oct. 10, 2008) Ben Hueso presents a proclamation award to Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Assemblyman Ben Hueso wins the State Senate (40SD) race and restores the Democratic Party’s Super Majority in the State Senate.
Link to LA Times article
By Patrick McGreevy (LA Times)
March 13, 2013, 1:59 a.m.
Assemblyman Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) on Tuesday was the apparent winner of a special election for the 40th Senate District seat vacated when Juan Vargas moved on to Congress.
With all precincts reporting, Hueso garnered 52% of the vote, according to the unofficial tally Tuesday night, which is enough to avoid a May runoff against one of the other three candidates in the race.
A victory restores a supermajority that the Democrats gained in the state Senate after the November election but briefly lost because of resignations.
The other Democrat in the contest was nurse/author Anna Nevenic, from Cathedral City. The Republican candidates were businessman Hector Raul Gastelum and professor/businesswoman Xanthi Gionis.
Voters in the 32nd Senate District also went to the polls to fill a vacancy when Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino moved on to Congress.
With 100% of precincts reporting, no candidate received a majority of the vote in the heavily Democratic district.
As a result, there will be a May 14 runoff between the top two vote-getters: Democratic Assemblywoman Norma Torres of Pomona, who received 43.6% of the vote, and Ontario Mayor Paul S. Leon, a Republican who garnered 26.4%.
Other Democratic candidates in that race were San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker of Chino, Ontario City Councilman Paul Vincent Avila and Joanne T. Gilbert, a retired teacher from Rialto.
Pomona Planning Commissioner Kenny Noble was the other Republican in the race.
Negrete McLeod endorsed Walker, while Torres had a larger campaign treasury and the endorsement of the California Democratic Party.