REGION : Challenger Bows Out of Assembly Race
The only challenger facing Democratic Assemblyman Willard H. Murray Jr. has withdrawn from the November race for the 52nd Assembly District, clearing the way for the incumbent to serve a fourth term.
Republican candidate Richard A. Rorex, 57, of Gardena said he withdrew last week after being hired as a maintenance mechanic with the U.S. Postal Service processing center in Bell. Postal Service attorneys advised Rorex that postal workers cannot hold partisan political office.
Murray was considered a strong favorite, anyway, in the heavily Democratic district that includes Gardena, as well as the Southeast communities of Compton, Paramount and Lynwood.
Rorex’s name will still appear on the November ballot, county elections officials said.