Santa Monica mayor Richard Bloom had a surprise victory of sorts in his race for the 50th Assembly District.
Bloom’s supporters managed to prevent Betsy Butler, the other candidate for the seat, from receiving the endorsement of the West Hollywood-Beverly Hills Democratic Club at its endorsement meeting on Wednesday night.
There were 43 voting members present at the meeting: 25 voted to endorse Butler, 17 voted against it and 1 abstained. The club’s bylaws state that the candidate must receive 60 percent of the vote of the members present to win the endorsement.
With 43 members present, Butler needed 26 votes to win, but only received 25. Therefore she did not receive the endorsement.
The club voted to hold another endorsement vote at its Sept. 19 meeting.
“I think it was a very positive turn of events,” Bloom told Patch. “We were able to block Betsy Butler’s attempt to get the endorsement, so this is a very positive.”
This was the second time Butler failed to get the club’s endorsement. , amid much controversy.
However, So the November race is between Butler and Bloom.