Special elections held for 2 legislative seats 

Two special primary elections Tuesday for open legislative seats in Southern California are expected to bolster Senate Democrats' supermajority while creating another vacancy in the Assembly.

Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell is expected to win a two-way contest to replace former Democratic state Sen. Curren Price in the 26th Senate District, which would force another special election to fill her Assembly seat.

In the nearby 45th Assembly District, 11 candidates are seeking to replace former Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will head to a special general election on Nov. 19.

The vacancies were created when Blumenfield and Price were elected to the Los Angeles City Council.

A victory by Mitchell would add to Democrats' two-thirds majority in the 40-member Senate, while Democrats in the 80-member Assembly remain just below a supermajority. The Legislature adjourned for the year last week.

Mitchell faces fellow Democrat Mervin Evans, who did not list any spending in his latest campaign filing.

The heavily Democratic Senate district, all within Los Angeles County, includes the Hollywood, Hollywood Park, Crenshaw and South-Central neighborhoods of Los Angeles, along with Baldwin Hills, Century City, Culver City and Hyde Park.

The winner must run again next year in a newly-drawn district because Price resigned in midterm.

The 45th Assembly District includes the southwest San Fernando Valley communities of Encino, Northridge and West Hills, as well as the cities of Calabasas and Hidden Hills, all in Los Angeles County, plus a sliver of Ventura County.

About 49 percent of voters are registered Democrat, 25 percent Republican and 17 percent decline-to-state.

Seven Democrats are among those trying to replace Blumenfield:

— Elizabeth Badger, a business owner from West Hills who previously ran for Los Angeles City Council.

— Damian Carroll of Encino, a policy analyst for Los Angeles City Councilman Councilmember Paul Krekorian.

— Matt Dababneh of Encino, chief deputy to U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman.

— Dennis DeYoung of Northridge, a businessman and financial consultant who previously ran for the Assembly.

— Jeff Ebenstein of Encino, San Fernando Valley director for Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz.

— Andra Hoffman of Sherman Oaks, who teaches state and local government and politics at Glendale College.

— Dan McCrory, a businessman from Northridge who previously ran for the Assembly.

Three Republicans also are candidates for the Assembly seat:

— Armineh Chelebian of Winnetka, an accountant and political consultant who has previously run unsuccessfully for Assembly and Los Angeles City Council seats.

— Chris Kolski, an electrical engineer and party official from West Hills who previously ran for Congress and the Assembly.

— Susan Shelley, an author and former congressional candidate from Woodland Hills.

Eric Lewis, president of the Winnetka Neighborhood Council, is running as an independent.

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