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Candidates look to November elections

Because of the upcoming presidential race, local politicians are saying they expect to see a heavy voter turnout at the polls.

June 07, 2008|By Angela Hokanson

BURBANK — The ballots have been cast and counted after Tuesday’s primary, and now local candidates are turning their attention to November’s general election.

Several of the candidates ran unopposed in the primary, such as U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, who represents the 29th Congressional District, which includes Burbank and Glendale. Schiff has held that post since 2000, when he unseated a Republican to take office.

“I look forward to a vigorous campaign in the fall, and I take nothing for granted,” he said.

Schiff said that he expects a heavy turnout at the polls in November because of the presidential race.

“I think there will be record turnout in November,” said Schiff, who garnered 20,550 votes in the primary.

Schiff’s Republican opponent will be Charles Hahn, a financial advisor who lives in Burbank and is running for Congress for the first time. He received 100%, or 13,169 votes, in the primary. He said he was pleased with the tally.

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“I’m very satisfied,” he said. “I’ve been working very hard.”

Alan Pyeatt, the Libertarian vying for the seat, garnered 134 votes.

Assemblyman Paul Krekorian ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination to the 43rd Assembly District this year, a stark contrast to the contentious primary race in 2006 between Krekorian and Glendale City Councilman Frank Quintero.

Krekorian garnered 11,948 votes in Tuesday’s election. His opponent on the Republican side, Jane Barnett, a businesswoman, earned 7,005 votes in the primary.

Former state Assemblywoman Carol Liu ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination to the state Senate in the 21st District, a seat that has been occupied by State Sen. Jack Scott for the past 12 years.

Scott will be termed out in November.

Liu, who represented the 44th Assembly District from 2000 and 2006, said she wants to return to the state Legislature to finish work that she started in the Assembly, specifically regarding education.

“I wanted to go back to finish my work on education,” she said.

Liu would like to see state government create a “road map” for improving kindergarten through 12th-gradeeducation, she said.

Her opponents in the race are Republican Teddy Choi, who received 17,771 votes in the primary, and Libertarian Steve Myers, who garnered 232 votes.

“I anticipate having a bigger turnout in November .?.?. because it’s a presidential election,” Liu said.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich was reelected as supervisor of the 5th District with 78.9% of the vote. Antonovich, who is entering his eighth term as supervisor, beat Stephen Mark Hinze, a warehouse worker.


?ANGELA HOKANSON covers education. She may be reached at (818) 637-3238 or by e-mail at angelahokanson@latimes.com.

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