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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Date: Oct 25, 1992
Start Page: 7
Section: Special Section; PART-T; Metro Desk
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The battle for control of the Assembly between the Republicans and Democrats is centering on about 15 highly competitive races statewide, at least five of which are being fought in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The balance of the 31 Assembly districts in the three counties were more or less locked up in the June primaries because of voter registration advantages that would be difficult for opponents on the short end to surmount. Of those races, 16 are expected to be claimed by Democrats and 10 by Republicans. That equation could be altered by a wave of anti-incumbent fervor, with 18 of 31 seats being sought by incumbents. Republicans would benefit from that trend. On the other hand, a heavy vote for Bill Clinton in the presidential race or a large turnout by women because of interest in the Senate seats being sought by women candidates could give a big boost to Democratic candidates at the Assembly level. Listed below are all Assembly races that are being contested in the three counties. The major party registration figures are as of early September:

Background: A predominantly Anglo, Democratic district. Barbara Friedman, who lost her Los Angeles district to reapportionment, had announced she would run in the 41st Assembly District against Assemblyman Pat Nolan (R-Glendale). But after veteran Assemblyman Tom Bane, who had represented the 40th District for more than 30 years, announced his retirement, she switched districts. Despite charges of political carpetbagging, Friedman is favored to win the race against Republican Horace H. Heidt, a bandleader and businessman, and three minor party candidates. CANDIDATE: OCCUPATION DEMOCRAT; Barbara Friedman: Assemblywoman REPUBLICAN; Horace H. Heidt: Businessman GREEN; Glenn Bailey: Community issues specialist LIBERTARIAN; John Vernon: Businessman PEACE AND FREEDOM; Jean K. Glasser: Teacher

Background: A primarily Anglo, GOP-leaning district that was redrawn to omit some of its conservative base. Incumbent Pat Nolan says he is taking nothing for granted in a district in which more than half of the voters are new to him. But Democrat Elliott Graham, a former Republican, and Libertarian Anthony G. Bajada have an uphill battle against the veteran Nolan, who was first elected in 1978 and has served as Assembly Republican leader. CANDIDATE: OCCUPATION DEMOCRAT; Elliott Graham: Producer, director, photographer REPUBLICAN; Pat Nolan: Assemblyman LIBERTARIAN; Anthony G. Bajada: University lecturer

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