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Election results: Close primary signals tight race coming in Assembly District 36


Early Election results released Tuesday night indicate that Republican Jeff Gonzalez is leading the large field of primary contenders hoping to succeed long-serving Democratic Assembly member Eduardo Garcia. Democratic contenders are still fighting for a slot to move on to the general election. Gonzalez was leading the contest to represent Assembly District 36, which includes the eastern Coachella Valley, with 9,034 votes, or 32.7% of the more than 27,000 ballots cast, according to figures that were put up on the California Registrar of the State’s website on Tuesday night.

Several Democratic candidates

Were still in the running to move on to the November election, with more ballots yet to be counted. Jose “Joey” Acuña Jr. came in second with 5,143 votes, or 18.6%, followed closely by Edgard Garcia with 4,584 votes, or 16.6%. The two Republican contenders received 43% of the vote, while the five candidates from Democrats received 57%. Following Garcia, who was a Democratic candidate representing Desert who initially won election to the California Legislature in 2014, announced late last year that he would not run for office again, citing his desire to dedicate more time to his children after years of traveling to Sacramento, a crowded field developed. His declaration was made a few days after the incumbents’ time to submit their reelection petitions had passed.

Get ready for the elections by using our Voter Guide to compare the positions of the presidential candidates on important issues. Garcia has represented Assembly District 36, which covers Coachella, Indio, the remainder of the eastern Coachella Valley, and eastern Riverside County all the way to the Arizona border, since the most recent redistricting process in California. Along with all of Imperial County and a small portion of eastern San Bernardino County, the district is very expansive. With 53.4% of the vote, Garcia defeated Republican Ian Weeks, a candidate in this year’s 25th Congressional District, to win reelection in 2022.

There were seven contenders in the primary: two Republicans and five Democrats. The top two candidates in the primary, regardless of party, move on to the general election in November under California’s voting system.

The potential candidates

Supported by Garcia, the candidate is Acuña, a Democrat who has been a trustee on the Coachella Valley Unified School District Board of Education since 2014. Prior to that, she served on the board from 1992 to 2000.In addition to Garcia, Acuñ has received the endorsement of a number of other Riverside County elected figures, such as Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez and Supervisor V. Manuel Perez.a. Democrat Waymond Fermon, who has served on the Indio City Council since 2021, is another candidate from the valley.8. During the city’s yearly leadership transition in 2022, he presided as Indio’s first Black mayor. Additionally, Fermon serves as a correctional officer in Imperial Count’s Calipatria State Prison.y. Based on preliminary tallies from Tuesday night, Fermon received 2,363 votes, or 8.5%.

Of the two Republican contenders for the Assembly seat, conservatives such as U.S. Representative Ken Calvert, R-Corona, a number of Republican members of the California Legislature. And Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco have endorsed Gonzalez, an Indio businessman and former Marine. In order to represent Assembly District 56, the area’s district prior to. The most recent round of redistricting, Gonzalez had already challenged Garcia in 2018. He proceeded to the general election, but Garcia received 64.8% of the vote. Easily defeating him with 35.2% of the vote.

Your Guide to the 2024 Elections, Voter Guide

Tomas Oliva, a Democrat and current member of the El Centro City Council since 2018. Is vying for the position from his Imperial County base. In the preliminary returns on Tuesday night, Democrat Eric Rodrigue. Who has served on the Central Union High School District Board of Trustees. In El Centro since 2020—acquired 1,563 votes.

Rodriguez is employed with Imperial County Child Protective Services in the Emergency Response Unit. He was previously a police officer for the city of El Centro. According to data on voter registration, 43.8% of registered voters in. The Assembly district are Democrats, and roughly 27.3% are Republicans. 21.3% of its registered voters are not sure which party they prefer.

November 5th is the general election.

Blog BY:- ExpertSadar

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