With the state primaries now over, so too is the smooth sailing for four candidates running in two district races who automatically advanced to the November general election.
Going head to head to represent the 29th Senate District in the general election will be Democrat and Brea resident Greg Diamond and Republican incumbent Sen. Bob Huff. The two were the only candidates in the race and under the top two primary rules, both have advanced.
In the 55th Assembly District, Democrat and former Walnut City Council hopeful Gregg Fritchle will face Republican incumbent Assemblyman Curt Hagman. Similarly, the two men were the only candidates in that district.
Tuesday’s primary election had little bearing on either race since the top two vote-getters in each race move on to the general election under the new “top-two” primary system.
Still, election results indicate that incumbents Huff – who represents the 29th Senate District – and Hagman – who currently represents the 60th Assembly District before redistricting created the 55th – may have the upper hand when it counts in November.
Hagman and Huff on Tuesday night led over their challengers by very wide margins, according to early election results.
Both districts, which are primarily Republican, cover similar areas and represent constituents in Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar and Walnut, as well as portions of Orange County and San Bernardino County.
In the 55th Assembly District, about 41.7 percent of registered voters are Republicans, compared to 31 percent registered Democrats. In the 29th Senate District, almost 40 percent of voters are registered Republicans, while nearly 34 percent are registered as Democrats.
Fritchle, a social worker, said he wants to preserve vital social services. Hagman was elected to the Assembly in 2008 and serves as Republican Floor Leader.
Diamond is a self-employed workers’ rights attorney and Occupy Movement organizer, who is running his campaign on the movement’s message. Huff, who was a state Assemblyman from 2004 to 2008, was elected to the state Senate in 2008.