Ridley-Thomas wins race for Calif. Assembly seat

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Associated Press

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 6:00 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democrat has won a special election for a vacant Southern California legislative seat, bolstering the party's supermajority in the state Assembly.

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, an aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price Jr., defeated former Culver City mayor and city clerk Christopher Armenta, 60 percent to 36 percent on Tuesday.

Another Democrat in the race — real estate broker John Jake — captured 4 percent of the vote.

Ridley-Thomas is the son of former state legislator Mark Ridley-Thomas, now chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He touts his experience as a former legislative aide and has endorsements from labor unions and prominent politicians, including Gov. Jerry Brown and former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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