Update: As slow as the Southland's commute traffic, Los Angeles County election results trickled in during the wee hours Wednesday. The latest returns Wednesday afternoon show LA DDA Todd Zink has fallen behind state Senator Fran Paveley 47-53. Swalwell, Bonta and Muratsuchi all still remain headed toward victory. Pugno has lost.
It’s been a good night so far for California prosecutors with political ambitions.
Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Eric Swalwell appears to have knocked off 20-term Congressman Pete Stark, D-Fremont. With almost 63 percent of the vote counted Swalwell was leading Stark 54-46 in the Democrat vs. Democrat race for the East Bay seat. The 31-year-old Swalwell, a Dublin city councilman, benefitted from newly drawn district boundaries and some odd comments by Stark during the campaign.
Also in the East Bay, Democrat Rob Bonta was poised to win the 18th Assembly District. Bonta is a deputy city attorney for San Francisco.
In south Los Angeles County, Deputy Attorney General Al Muratsuchi, a Democrat, was leading Republican Craig Huey 54-46 in the race for the 66th Assembly District. And in a key state Senate race, Todd Zink, a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, was edging Democratic state Senator Fran Pavley 52-48 in early returns. Democrats were counting on a Pavley win to give them a 27-vote supermajority in the Senate.
And he’s not a prosecutor, but Proposition 8 attorney Anthony Pugno is well known to California’s legal community. The Folsom attorney and Republican was losing 31-69 to incumbent Republican Assemblywoman Beth Gaines in the race for the 6th Assembly District, which includes suburbs east of Sacramento.