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John J. Lynch dies at 77; former L.A. County tax assessor
John J. Lynch dies at 77; former L.A. County tax assessor

When attorney and Republican Party activist John J. Lynch ran for Los Angeles County tax assessor in 1986, he was shocked at the result — he won. "It was a surprise," said Lynch, and he wasn't the only one taken aback. Lynch, who had never run for elective office, was up against 11 other candidates, including two former state Assembly members — Gordon Hahn and Jim Keysor. Lynch spent only a few thousand dollars on the campaign, whereas Hahn spent $100,000 and Keysor $185,000. "I can't figure where John Lynch came from," Keysor said. It turned out that Lynch benefited from the better-known candidates splitting the vote in some areas. But he also...

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