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'Luis López knows the area:' Voters trickle into polls for Los Angeles Assembly election

John Sennick (Alejandra Reyes-Velarde)
John Sennick (Alejandra Reyes-Velarde)

John Sennick has lived in Mount Washington since 1959, and he wants his California Assembly member to know his neighborhood.

“Luis López knows the area,” he said. “You’re not in some place he’s never heard of.” 

So Sennick chose López over his fellow Democrat Wendy Carrillo on Tuesday in a special election to fill the Assembly District 51 seat recently vacated by now U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez.

Sennick said he thinks Lopez— the director of government affairs for City of Hope Medical Center —  has done the work to get to know the community and climb up the ranks. He knows his opponent, Wendy Carrillo, as a former local radio show host who is backed by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

“She’s used to telling people what she thinks on the radio,” he said, and thinks López is a better listener.

The Assembly district roughly encompasses the neighborhoods of Echo Park, Silver Lake, Chinatown, Lincoln Heights and City Terrace. The election is expected to be a low-turnout affair. Polls close at 8 p.m. 

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