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About 70 people gathered in Hermosa Beach on Wednesday for a Beach Cities Democratic Club meet-and-greet with Congressman Henry Waxman and State Assembly candidate Al Muratsuchi.
Waxman, 37-year veteran in Congress, faces Manhattan Beach businessman and Independent Bill Bloomfield in the 33rd District congressional race. Forty-four percent of the newly drawn district’s voters are registered Democrats, while 28 percent are registered Republicans, according to the California Secretary of State’s office.
The race for California's new 66th Assembly District is apparently getting some national attention, as U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) announced his endorsement of Torrance school board member and Democrat Al Muratsuchi for the assembly seat last week, according to a news release from Muratsuchi's campaign.
Muratsuchi and Torrance businessman Craig Huey, a Republican, beat out Republican Nathan Mintz in the June top-two jungle primary for their spots on November's ballot.
Democrat Al Muratsuchi needs to "drum up excitement" within his party while Republican Craig Huey's conservative views may be a "hard sell" to South Bay voters, two political observers said of the men running in the new 66th Assembly District.
Muratsuchi and Huey emerged as the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary and will face each other again in the Nov. 6 general election to represent a so-called swing district that runs from Manhattan Beach and Gardena to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
By Liz Spear
The three candidates running for the new California District 66 Assembly seat agree on one thing: state government needs to be run better.
How Republicans Nathan Mintz and Craig Huey and Democrat Al Muratsuchi say they'll get there is another matter.
Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice and Torrance Unified School District board member Muratsuchi, a Torrance resident for the past 16 years, toldPatch that his proven record of working in an elected position sets him apart.
"I have a record of working with Republicans, Democrats and independents to do the right thing and get the job done," he said Wednesday. "I'd like to continue to work with people regardless of their party affiliation to get our (the state's) fiscal house in order."
By Gwen Muranaka, Rafu English Editor In Chief, The Rafu Shimpo
With the June 5 primary rapidly approaching, Al Muratsuchi looks like a good bet to qualify for the November general election, but he's not taking anything for granted.
"We're walking precincts, we've been walking a lot of neighborhoods with a lot of Buddahheads, a lot of Japanese Americans," said Muratsuchi, in an interview with The Rafu Shimpo.
Muratsuchi is the sole Democrat seeking to represent the newly created 66th Assembly District, which includes Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Lomita, Torrance and parts of Palos Verdes. He will face Republicans Craig Huey and Nathan Mintz, with the top two vote-getters moving ahead to November.