A special election to fill the 30th District Senate seat vacated by recently elected County Supervisor Holly Mitchell has been set for March 2 and if 54th District Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager has her way, a May 4th runoff will not be necessary.
To avoid a runoff, she would have to win half of the votes cast.
Not surprisingly, Kamlager—who once worked as a district director for Mitchell—is now endorsed by Mitchell and is favored to win.
Of the endorsement, Kamlager posted, “Honored to have the endorsement of my dear friend and LA County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell! I look forward to continuing her work in the CA Senate and to maintaining the diversity of this seat.”
Kamlager has also landed the endorsements of Congresswoman Karen Bass, State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmembers Mark Ridley-Thomas, Marqueece-Harris Dawson and Curren Price, Delores Huerta, Patrice Cullors, the California Legislative Black Caucus and the California Democratic Party.
“My list of endorsements, starting with that of Supervisor Holly Mitchell, speak to the credibility I have and the trust I have built,” Kamlager said.
“We now have exactly zero Black women in the California State Senate. For California—the fifth-largest economy in the world—to continue setting the pace for progressive lawmaking, it must have representatives that reflect our people and our most urgent needs: economic recovery, affordable healthcare, immediate climate action, and freedom and justice now. I know this district well, and I am excited about the opportunity to maintain the diversity of this seat and keep up the fight for Senate District 30.”
Ironically, Kamlager was elected to represent the 54th Assembly District in a 2018 special election following the resignation of former Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.
Senate District 30—which spans from Culver City, Inglewood and Ladera Heights to the Crenshaw District, South Los Angeles and parts of downtown —includes some of those areas Kamlager currently represents.
Opponents include Culver City councilmember Daniel Lee, who made history in 2018 becoming the first African American ever elected to the Culver City Council and whose platform includes healthcare for all, public pension reform, people-centered economic development, ending environmental racism and public safety as public health.