It’s Election Season in NELA, Again

2018 Editions Front Page May

Politicians with ties to Northeast Los Angeles are front and center in the upcoming primaries for United States Senator from California and Governor of California. Familiar names will also be on the ballot to represent NELA in Congress, the State Senate, the State Assembly and on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. 

The primary will be on Tuesday, June 5. If no one candidate for any given office wins a majority of the primary vote, the top two winners will compete for the seat in the general election on Nov. 6.

Here’s a rundown:

U.S. Senate: Kevin de León (D), NELA’s state senator who will be termed out this year, is challenging incumbent and frontrunner Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D). Several polls have shown Mr. De León coming in second and advancing to the runoff in November, though with a total of 31 candidates challenging Ms. Feinstein, the race for second place could be tight.

Governor: Polls suggest that the top two winners in a field of 27 candidates will be Gavin Newsom (D), the state’s lieutenant governor and former mayor of San Francisco, and Antonio Villaraigosa (D), a former mayor of Los Angeles and a former city councilmember for NELA Council District 14.

U.S. Member of Congress for NELA: Incumbent Jimmy Gomez (D) is being challenged by Kenneth Mejia, a Green Party candidate, and Angela McArdle, a Libertarian. Mr. Mejia and Ms. McArdle challenged Mr. Gomez for the seat in a special election last year that drew 23 candidates. Mr. Mejia came in fifth in that race. Ms. McArdle came in 17th.

State Senator for NELA:  The candidates are Maria Elena Durazo (D), a labor union leader, and Peter Choi (D), a nonprofit executive, who ran for the office in 2014. 

State Assemblymember for NELA: Incumbent Wendy Carrillo (D) is running unopposed.

L.A. County Supervisor for NELA: Incumbent Hilda Solis (D) is running unopposed.

You can find more information on the elections and candidates at: and at

Get Ready to Vote 

In California, teenagers can pre-register to vote starting at age 16, so they are ready to vote the day they turn 18. Some 100,000 California teens have preregistered since 2016, when the preregistration system started, with 10% of the sign ups coming around the time of the March for Our Lives gun protests in March. If you are 16 or 17, you can pre-register online at:

If you are already age 18 or older and need to register, rules and online registration are at To vote in the primary on June 5, your registration must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than May 21. 

Eligible voters will be automatically registered through the DMV – unless they choose to opt out – when they complete a drivers license, ID card or change of address transaction online, by mail or in person. 

Registered voters can apply to vote-by-mail at: To vote by mail in the June 5 primary, applications must arrive by May 29.

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