April 07, 2022

City News Service


Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles will face fellow Democrat Tina Simon McKinnor in a runoff June 7th to fill the vacant 62nd Assembly District seat.

Pullen-Miles led the field of four Democrats with 37 percent of the vote while McKinnor was second with 35 percent, according to semifinal results released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk n April 5.

Because no candidate received a majority, a runoff between Pullen-Miles and McKinnor will be held June 7, coinciding with the statewide primary election. The winner will serve until December 4.

When announcing his candidacy on Feb. 1, Pullen-Miles said, “As your next Assembly member, I will do for our district what I have already done as mayor and council member -- create good paying jobs, help small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, combat our homelessness crisis and keep our communities safe and thriving.


According to a biography supplied by his campaign, Pullen-Miles moved from Oklahoma to California when he was 19 years old with $25 in his pocket in search of better opportunities. He did not have a job and did not have a permanent place to live when he arrived, spending many months sleeping on couches while staying with friends.

He was elected mayor of Lawndale in 2014, the first Black person to hold the position. He was previously elected to three terms on the City Council. Pullen-Miles also worked on the staffs of then-Assemblyman Carl Washington, and then-Sens. Ted Lieu and Jenny Oropeza.

McKinnor is the director of civic engagement for LA Voice, which describes itself as ``a multi-

racial, multi-faith organization with a mission to transform Los Angeles into a county that reflects the human dignity of all communities, with racial and economic equity and abundant life for all.''

She has pledged to support the extension of COVID-19 sick days and support for businesses; an ``all hands on deck'' approach to dealing with homelessness; efforts to reduce the number of people who are incarcerated; and single-payer health care.

McKinnor is a former operational director for the California Democratic Party and chief of staff to several Assembly members.

The 62nd Assembly District stretches from Venice in the north, Lawndale on the south, the unincorporated Westmont and West Athens areas on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west.

It also includes El Segundo, Hawthorne and Inglewood; the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Del Rey, and the unincorporated communities of Del Aire, Lennox and Marina del Rey.

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