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Los Angeles County, CA June 8, 2010 Election
Member of the State Assembly; District 53; Democratic Party Voter Information

This contest will only appear on Democratic party ballots.

Results as of Jun 29 4:19pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (298/298)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Betsy Butler Click here for more information about this candidate 9,050 votes 26.7%

  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Non-Profit Organization Director
  • Worked for the Consumer Attorneys of California fighting to protect consumers and workers from being injured and ripped off
  • Formerly worked for the Environmental Defense Fund and the California League of Conservation Voters to protect our families from toxic polluters
  • Served in the Commerce Department during the Clinton Administration and will work to bring good jobs to our community
  • Board Member - Equality California and Los Angeles Film Commission
  • Former President - National Women's Political Caucus (LA Westside Chapter)
  • Served in the offices of Assemblymember Lucy Killea, U.S. Senator Alan Cranston and Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy
  • Fight to make the oil companies pay an oil severance tax--California is the only state that does not require oil companies to pay to drill for oil.
  • Support legislation to allow the state Department of Insurance to regulate and prohibit excessive health insurance premium hikes.
  • Fight to close the special interest corporate tax loopholes robbing our state of billions needed to fund our schools, health care and public safety.
James Lau Click here for more information about this candidate 6,183 votes 18.3%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Environmental Education Director
  • Director, California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
  • Former Director, The Children's Partnership
  • Democrat of the Year, 53rd Assembly District (2005)
  • Former Policy Consultant, California State Legislature
  • Environmental Engineering Degree, USC
  • Masters in Public Administration, USC
  • Fix the State Budget. Worked with Democratic legislators on a new tax policy which saved the state over $6 billion without raising taxes.
  • Find innovative solutions that will clean our air and water while building a new green economy.
  • Fight for healthcare, education and an economy that supports working families.
Nick Karno Click here for more information about this candidate 4,849 votes 14.3%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Prosecutor/Environmental Advocate
  • Neighborhood Prosecutor
  • Former Public School Teacher in Marina Del Rey and Venice
  • Member of Al Gore's Climate Project
  • Environmental Chair, Venice Neighborhood Council
  • Business Representative for the Office of Economic Development for the City of Los Angeles
  • Legal Fellow, Office of Congressman Howard Berman
  • Create Jobs and Shore up the Budget
  • Fully Fund Education, K-12 and Higher Education
  • Create a Green Economy and make the South Bay the "Green Coast"
Mayor Mitch Ward Click here for more information about this candidate 4,617 votes 13.7%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Mayor of Manhattan Beach
  • Mayor Manhattan Beach 2009-current, 2006, Councilmember since 2003, reelected 2007
  • Manhattan Beach Business Owner - Computer Systems Sales Repair Consulting New Media/IT - pC Help? Professionals
  • Manhattan Beach Planning Commissioner - 1999 - 2003 Chairman 2002-2003
  • Manhattan Beach Cultural Arts Commissioner 1996 - 1999
  • Former Wall Street Consultant. Past Clients: LAPD, City of Los Angeles, LA City Attorney, EMI, Capitol Records, Dupont, Con Edison, GTE, more...
  • Bachelor Science - IT & Quantitative Analysis - University of Arkansas, University of Southern California - IT/New Media/Internet Certified
  • Jobs Jobs Jobs - Recognizing Small Businesses will be leading the way with nearly 88% of all newly created ones. I will aid their growth w/incentives
  • Protect local revenues, reserves, public safety, education and public works. Empower local cities w/55% threshold for revenue needs/hire teachers+
  • Work w/pragmatic leaders to change 2/3 requirement for budgeting, find dedicated $ source for education, freeze college tuition increases for 5 years.
Kate Anderson Click here for more information about this candidate 4,035 votes 11.8%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Community Councilmember/Attorney
  • UCLA Student Body President
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • Mar Vista Community Council
  • President of Hilltop Neighborhood Association
  • Attorney at Munger, Tolles, & Olson LLP
  • Staff member of Congressman Henry Waxman's D.C. office for six years
  • Structural reform in Sacramento
  • Fully funding education at all levels
  • Protecting the enviroment
Peter Luke Thottam, (JD MBA) Click here for more information about this candidate 1,985 votes 5.8%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Attorney/Businessman/Educator
  • Yale University - B.A. (Distinction Honors; Scholarship)
  • U.C. Berkeley - JD from Boalt Hall
  • U.C. Los Angeles - MBA from UCLA Anderson
  • Activist - Progressive Democrats, Sierra Club, Interfaith Communities United
  • Activist - Antiwar movement
  • Ocean Park Community Center Volunteer
  • 53rd Distrcit - Create greater job growth with better salaries for jobs in the 53rd District (e.g., via greater high end service jobs)
  • Continue Antiwar Efforts to Bring US Troops home - dedicated to organizing marches, teach-ins & political lobbying efforts in L.A., Sacramento & D.C.
  • Universal Health Care - Continue work to support Shiela Kuehl's universal health care plan initiative
Edgar Saenz Click here for more information about this candidate 1,803 votes 5.3%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Congressional Deputy/Attorney
  • J.D., Stanford Law School
  • Civil litigation, civil rights lawyer
  • Westchester Neighbors Association
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Rotary Club
  • Congressional aide to Rep. Waters
  • Jobs
  • Education
  • Good Government
Diane M. Wallace Click here for more information about this candidate 1,410 votes 4.1%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Educator
  • Teacher, Principal, District Administrator
  • Director, Statewide Early Literacy Project
  • Success improving student achievement and turning around low performing schools
  • Experienced working with California Department of Education and the State Board of Education
  • Active environmentalist supporting water conservation
  • BA-USC; MA-UCI; Cert. of Leadership, Drucker School
  • Balanced state budget & jobs in public sector, small-large businesses, & non-profits
  • Support for public education and relevant, realistic accountability for results
  • Collaboration with elected officials to create solutions that respond to needs

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