Legislative Races


SD 8 – This district includes parts of San Francisco County and most of San
Mateo County.

There’s been bad blood between Lou Papan and Mike Nevin since the 2001
redistricting, when Nevin accused Papan of drawing him out of an Assembly
district to ease the path for Papan’s daughter, Gina. Papan denies the
allegation, and even if it were true, it didn’t work, as Gina Papan lost to
Gene Mullin. Conventional wisdom has Papan in the race to help draw votes
away from the other San Mateo candidate, Nevin. But Nevin did pick up the
endorsement of Leland Yee’s hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle.

SD 10 – This District includes about half of Alameda County and the city of
Milpitas in Santa Clara County.

Do Johan Klehs and Ellen Corbett split the liberal vote to help elect
moderate Democrat John Dutra? Or do Dutra and Klehs split the male vote and
help elect Corbett, the only woman in the race?

SD 20 – This district includes the eastern portions of the San Fernando
Valley including Canoga Park, North Hollywood and Sylmar.

Former L.A. City Council President Alex Padilla tries to follow in the
footsteps of Richard Alarcon by bypassing the Assembly and running straight
for the Senate. And, like Alarcon, there’s already talk about Padilla as
potential leadership material. But first, he’ll have to defeat Montanez, who
has gotten a big push from Fabian N

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