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Four Santa Monica Candidates Poised to Retain, Win Seats After Tuesday's Primary


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June 8, 2018 -- Two former Santa Monica mayors and two former School Board members finished at the top of their ballots in Tuesday's primaries, all but guaranteeing victory in November.

Three of the four winners were incumbents who are expected to easily keep their seats.

Former Mayor Richard Bloom will continue to represent the 50th Assembly District after running uncontested. Bloom received all 49,550 votes.

State Senator Ben Allen, a former member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) board, easily won the primary race in the 26th Senate District with 89,571 votes or 75.4 percent.

He will face Baron Bruno, who stated no party preference, in the November general election. Bruno finished with 15,650 votes, or 13.2 percent.

Incumbent Julia Brownley, a former School Board member, breezed to an expected victory in the 26th Congressional District with 46,375 votes, or 52.9 percent of the vote.

She will face runner up Antonio Sabato, Jr., the Republican challenger, who won 20,226 votes, or 23.1 percent.

Two former Santa Monica mayors -- Councilmember Tony Vazquez and former councilmember Michael Feinstein -- were challengers in the races for State Board of Equalization and Secretary of State, respectively.

Vazquez finished second in the race for the Third District seat on the Board ("Santa Monica Council Member Tony Vazquez Makes Strong Showing in County Race," June 6, 2018).

The strong finish makes him a heavy favorite to defeat Republican candidate G. Rick Marshall, who finished first in Tuesday's primary.

Feinstein, one of two Green Party candidates in the race for Secretary of State, received 77,805 votes or 2 percent of the total.

The top vote getter, incumbent Alex Padilla, a Democrat, received 1,997,052 votes or 51.4 percent.

The other Green Party candidate, Erik Rydberg, finished last with 27,352 votes, or less than 1 percent.

Feinstein, who had no campaign committee or funding, finished sixth among eight candidates.


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