First published in the Nov. 12 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
By Andres de Ocampo
Glendale residents flocked to vote and return ballots amid heavy rain on Election Day this week, casting their choice for several high-ranking positions, including governor, U.S. representative for District 28 and 30, and assemblymember for District 43 and 44.
The General Municipal Election data released by the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder’s office on Friday showed that, with many votes left to be counted, District 51 Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo holds a 19% lead with 39,448 votes cast over Mia Livas Porter who received 26,662 votes. Carrillo and Porter are competing to represent District 52.
New state district maps were implemented in July 2022 and outline congressional, assembly and senate territory lines for incoming California state legislatures.
Glendale’s assembly district lines shifted and the southern downtown portion of the city is now considered Assembly District 52, which covers Glendale and neighboring cities Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Atwater Village and others. Assembly District 44 covers North Glendale, beginning just below the 134-freeway and stretching north to La Crescenta.
Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, whose purview once covered all of Glendale, is running for reelection for District 44, segmenting her jurisdiction to the northern part of the city. The L.A. County data reported Friedman is leading with 36%, or 68,885 votes cast, ahead of her competitor Republican Barry Curtis Jacobson.
Gov. Gavin Newsom is the projected winner for California governor, according to the Associated Press. This would mark Newsom’s second term as governor with 970,033 votes in L.A. County, representing a 29% lead over Republican candidate Brian Dahle.
U.S. representative Adam Schiff is running for Congressional District 30, which includes most of Glendale, Burbank and parts of Hollywood, has a 45% lead with 95,375 votes cast. U.S. representative Judy Chu is running for reelection to oversee Congressional District 28, which is the Glendale portion of La Crescenta.
Though Glendale voters did not have a say in the matter, the much-publicized contest between businessman Rick Caruso and U.S. Rep. Karen Bass for mayor of Los Angeles is also a close race, with the former pulling ahead. Bass has 50.38% of the vote and Caruso trails with 49.62%.
Sherriff Alex Villanueva ran for L.A. County Sherriff reelection in the general midterm elections and is currently behind Robert Luna, a seven-year Long Beach police chief. Luna holds the lead with 58.38% of votes and Villanueva holds 41.62%.
Glendale residents voted on three city council seats, city clerk, city treasurer and GUSD governing board members for areas B, C and D during the primary elections in July.
All midterm election data was received from lavote.org as of Nov. 11.