Mayor, councilman compete for open Assembly seat

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Voters in a Southern California Assembly district are choosing between a Republican turned independent and a Democrat in a special runoff election.

Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, the independent, and Democrat Freddie Rodriguez are competing Tuesday to replace Democrat Norma Torres, who won a state Senate seat in May.

Rodriguez is a member of the Pomona City Council. Leon ran as a Republican against Torres for the Senate vacancy but later switched his registration to no party preference.

Leon and Rodriguez emerged as the top vote-getters in a nine-way July primary to represent the heavily Democratic 52nd Assembly District, which straddles western San Bernardino County and eastern Los Angeles County.

Primary turnout was less than 10 percent, and campaign officials are expecting light turnout again for Tuesday’s runoff.


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