Democrats and education were victors on Election Day in Long Beach.
Alan Lowenthal is headed to Washington, D.C., as the new 47th District Congressman, defeating Republican Gary DeLong by nearly 11%. DeLong won the Orange County portion of the district, but Lowenthal overwhelmed him in Los Angeles County by nearly 2-to-1.
“It was a tough race, and my opponent was an excellent campaigner,” Lowenthal said. “He was the strongest candidate the Republicans could have fielded. But we even went beyond our numbers in Long Beach.”
DeLong had a lead early in the evening, but Lowenthal pulled ahead as more Los Angeles County precincts were counted.
“While the outcome isn’t what I had hoped for, I’m very thankful for the hard work by my campaign team and the tremendous support by our volunteers,” DeLong said via email Wednesday morning.
The other Lowenthal up for election Tuesday, Bonnie Lowenthal, easily defeated Martha Flores-Gibson for the second election in a row. Bonnie Lowenthal will serve a third term in the state Assembly, this time representing the 70th Assembly District. Lowenthal won 65.2% of the vote, nearly doubling Flores-Gibson’s total.
In the 44th Congressional District, a Democratic winner was a foregone conclusion, with incumbents Janice Hahn and Laura Richardson facing each other due to redistricting. Hahn defeated Richardson handily in the primary, and repeated the result Tuesday, winning with an even 60% of the vote. Most of that district is north of Long Beach, but it does dip into the city’s boundaries..
In Long Beach, an initiative supported by unions to require large hotels to pay a living wage (at least $13 an hour) and provide five sick days a year was approved overwhelmingly, with 61,176 yes votes to 35,584 no votes (63.2%).
A second local measure, to consolidate municipal elections with state elections, was defeated. About 5,000 fewer votes were cast in the Measure O contest, with the no votes at 55%.
In Los Angeles County, Jackie Lacey soundly defeated fellow prosecutor Alan Jackson to become the county’s next district attorney. Lacey was Steve Cooley’s chief deputy, and now will become the first female and first African American Los Angeles DA. She received 55% of the vote.
LA County voters resoundingly said they wanted to continue electing the county assessor, with 77% voting against a proposal to change the office to an appointed position. But voters said adult film stars should be forced to wear condoms when filming in the county (55.85% voting yes). A majority agreed to extend a 1/2 sent sales tax to help pay for transportation projects for another 30 years, but the measure failed to get the required two-thirds vote.
Turnout in Los Angeles County was relatively low for a Presidential election, with only 51.56% of the nearly 4.6 million registered voters casting ballots. The county voted overwhelmingly in favor of eventual winner Barack Obama for president (69/35%), and also gave strong backing to Diane Feinstein for another term as U.S. Senator (71.1%).