SACRAMENTO – Bolstered by help from his powerful father, City Council aide Sebastian
The vote tally on election night gave Ridley-Thomas 60% of the vote, well beyond the simple majority needed to avoid a Feb. 4 runnoff with former Culver City Mayor Christopher R. Armenta, who finished second with 36% of the vote. The third-place finisher, with 4% of the vote, was John Jake, president of the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council.
If the results hold after the counting of hundreds of provisional ballots, Ridley-Thomas would fill the vacancy left when former Assemblywoman
"The people of the 54th Assembly District have spoken with their ballots," Ridley-Thomas said in a victory speech to 200 supporters at an election night party in the Crenshaw District. "They want jobs. They want quality education for their children. They want access to affordable healthcare. They elected me to deliver results on those important issues. Tonight, I tell the people of the 54th Assembly District… I will deliver."
Ridley-Thomas, 26, had help in the campaign from his father, Mark Ridley-Thomas, a former state senator who is a member of the
The candidate was able to raise more than $600,000 for his campaign, outspending Armenta, who raised less than $80,000, and Jake, who brought in less than $10,000. Ridley-Thomas also had endorsements from Gov.
The 54th Assembly District includes all or portions of Baldwin Hills, Century City, Crenshaw, Culver City, Inglewood,
Ridley-Thomas has worked for more than four years for Price, mostly as a legislative aide when Price was a state senator. Armenta, 49, is an accountant. Jake, 47, is a real estate broker.