By Aaron Blevins, 11/01/2012
In addition to the next president, voters will decide many local races
Now that Halloween is over, Americans will likely switch to a more serious tone in the coming week, as Election Day is less than a week away on Nov. 6. At the state and federal level, Angelenos have some decisions to make.
President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have grabbed all the headlines in recent months, but voters could also select American Independent Thomas Hoefling, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Libertarian Gary Johnson or Peace and Freedom candidate Roseanne Barr.
For the U.S. Senate, Californians can vote for incumbent Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, or Republican candidate Elizabeth Emken, a nonprofit executive from Danville. Feinstein has been in office since 1992.
All four incumbent U.S. Representatives who represent constituents in the Park Labrea News and Beverly Press’ coverage area are running for re-election.
In the 33rd Congressional District, which covers Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, portions of the Miracle Mile and other areas stretching to Palos Verdes, Congressman Henry Waxman is being challenged by Independent Bill Bloomfield, a small business owner from Manhattan Beach.
Congresswoman Karen Bass is seeking re-election against Republican Morgan Osborne in the 37th Congressional District, which includes Century City, Culver City, South L.A. and Mid-City. Osborne has a Washington, D.C., address, but has no recorded public comment.
Hollywood and West Hollywood residents will decide between the incumbent, Congressman Adam Schiff, or Republican Phil Jennerjahn, a political consultant from Los Angeles, in the 28th Congressional District race.
In the 34th Congressional District race, Congressman Xavier Becerra is being challenged by investor Stephen Smith, of Los Angeles. The district covers downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown and a portion of Hancock Park.
There are no State Senate races in the area, but Assemblywoman Betsy Butler will be seeking re-election against Richard Bloom, the mayor of Santa Monica, in the 50th State Assembly District, which includes the Miracle Mile, West Hollywood and Hollywood.
In the 53rd State Assembly District, which covers portions of Hancock Park and Koreatown, Assemblyman John Pérez’s re-election bid is being challenged by Republican Jose Trinidad Aguilar.
Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell is facing off against neighborhood council board member Keith McCowen in the 54th State Assembly District, an area that includes portions of Mid-City.
Lastly, voters will be able to decide between chief deputy district attorney Jackie Lacey and gang homicide prosecutor Alan Jackson for the Los Angeles District Attorney position.