Official 50th Assembly Candidates List Released

No surprises as the Secretary of Sate releases the certified list for the 2012 election: Republican Brad Torgan and Democrats Betsy Butler, Richard Bloom and Torie Osborn.

With the exception of lone Republican Brad Torgan, who just announced his candidacy in February, the hot race for California's 50th Assembly will look just as it has for many months—Democrats Betsy Butler, Richard Bloom and Torie Osborn will go head-to-head to clinch the seat in 2013.

The deadline is passed for any other contestant to join the field as the California Secretary of State released the certified candidates list for the June 5 primary Thursday evening.

The candidates and their official ballot designations are:

  • Betsy Butler: Democrat / Los Angeles resident / Assemblywoman
  • Richard Bloom: Democrat / Santa Monica resident / Mayor of Santa Monica
  • Torie Osborn: Democrat / Santa Monica resident / Director of nonprofit
  • Brad Torgan: Republican / West Hollywood resident / Environmental attorney

while Osborn has the backing of a handful of local democratic clubs, including those in Malibu, Santa Monica, Westwood-Beverly Hills and San Fernando Valley.

Bloom cites several fellow mayors among his list of endorsers, including colleagues in Oakland, Murrieta, Malibu and Laguna Beach. Torgan, who hasn't had as much time to rack up big name supporters, is endorsed by the California Republican Party.

Interactions between Osborn and Butler heated up this winter. In January, Butler and her supports accused of Obsorn of stacking endorsements by recruiting people to join local Democratic clubs so they could vote for her in the organizations' . Later, Osborn was the subject of , who has thrown his support behind Butler.

For Bloom, Osborn or Torgan to win the primary, they'll have to oust an incumbent—an historically difficult challenge. 

Assemblywoman Butler currently represents the 53rd Assembly District, which covers much of the South Bay. She's running this year in the 50th Assembly because the district boundaries will change in 2013 based on the results of the 2010 census.

Portions of the Santa Monica Mountains, Agoura Hills, Topanga, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Carthay Square, West Hollywood, much of Hollywood, Hancock Park and Miracle Mile make up the new 50th district.

(Many of these neighborhoods also comprise the 33rd congressional district. .)

There are 285,875 registered voters district wide, 52 percent of who are Democrats.

The top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary election will advance to the Nov. 6 general election regardless of party preference or whether one candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary. The primary election will include elections for U.S. President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as state Senate and state Assembly seats.

Terms will begin in January 2013.

In the spirit of keeping news community-oriented, Los Angeles area Patches will focus their election coverage on races with local ties, including the U.S. House and California Assembly.

Ari Ruiz March 30, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Senator Kuehl, with all due respect, according to the election code of California and the California Democratic Party, Assemblywoman Betsy Butler IS IN FACT the incumbent. (She will also appear as just that in the official ballot, fyi)
Marcia Hanscom March 31, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Well, this reality that Mr. Ruiz has posted about may be a reflection of why we need to send someone like Torie Osborn to Sacramento to shake things up! How in the world can the CA Dem Party proclaim with a straight face that someone is an incumbent when they have never represented the people that live in that district? It's sort of like calling bulldozing and destroying a wetlands habitat where imperiled species thrive - whether in Malibu or Ballona Wetlands - a "restoration." I like Betsy, but we need some new thinking in Sacramento.
Sheila James Kuehl March 31, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Mr. Ruiz, you are, unfortunately, incorrect. The Redistricting Commission, which drew the lines for all the Assembly Districts, listed this district, the 50th AD, as open and Ms. Butler as the incumbent in her South Bay district. She is moving into the district to run, and that is incontrovertible. I represented this district for 14 years and I know the incumbents are Julia Brownley and Mike Feuer. Period.
Ted Vaill April 02, 2012 at 06:58 PM
No mention in the article of the fact that Speaker John Perez got 38 of how fellow Assemblymembers who live outside the district to pick delegates to the State Democratic Convention who lived in the district who were pledged to endorse Betsy Butler, which they did, ensuring their endorsement. If they had not been appointed as delegates in the district, there would most likely not have been an endorsement, as the "real" delegates split almost evenly between Torie and Betsy.
Meril Platzer April 06, 2012 at 08:26 PM
It is interesting Julia Brownley is running for the position of Congressperson in a district in which she has not been a resident of until her recent move to Oak Park. Change of residences seem to be the theme of this upcoming election.


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