November 10, 2022

By Cora Jackson-Fossett

Managing Editor


As political pundits predicted weeks ago, frontrunners in the state and L.A.-area races emerged victorious in the majority of the election races.

Although results could possibly change once mail-in and absentee ballots are counted, in many races the top contenders are expected to maintain the lead.  That means several African American nominees could likely be confirmed to the position that they sought.

Candidates in that category include Dr. Shirley Weber as Secretary of State, Malia Cohen for State Controller, Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Others assured of victory are Lola Smallwood-Cuevas for State Senate District 28, and Assemblymembers Chris Holden – 41st District, Isaac Bryan – 55th District, Reggie Jones-Sawyer – 57th District, Tina McKinnor – 61st District and Mike Gipson – 65th District.

For U.S. Congress, Maxine Waters crushed her opponent in the 43rd District and Sydney Kamlager is winning to represent the 37th District. 



In Long Beach, Rex Richardson was leading in his bid to be elected as the city’s first Black mayor, while in Lawndale, Robert Pullen-Miles is clearly destined to became Lawndale’s first Black mayor.


Also, two African American women – Holly Hancock and Melissa Lyons – will be new judges on the L.A. Superior Court.


The propositions on the local, county and state levels received votes as projected. County Measure A, which provides authority to remove an elected sheriff, was approved 75% to 25% along with tax on cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas, 64% to 36%.



In Los Angeles, voters approved Measure LH increasing low-income housing units in each council district, but rejected tax increases proposed in Measures ULA and SP. but approved the L.A. Community College District improvements in Measure LA.


Statewide, measure 1 securing women’s reproductive rights overwhelmingly passed. However, the dueling gambling propositions – 26 and 27 – both failed as forecasted. State Measure 28, which requires funding for arts and music education in public schools, appears destined for approval, but Measure 29 requiring medical professionals in dialysis clinics in slated to fail.


As for Measure 30, which aimed to tax personal income over $2 million, voters are leaning towards disapproval.


However, Measure 31 prohibiting sale of flavored tobacco products is sailing towards passing.

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