Inglewood now has a state senator. Former Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall III of Compton won a special election for the 35th District state Senate seat on Tuesday, left vacant by former Sen. Roderick Wright, who resigned in October.
Hall captured 54.98% of the vote—enough to avoid a Feb. 10 runoff—against opponents Louis L. Dominguez of San Pedro and Hector Serrano of Wilmington (both Democrats) and Republican James Spencer of Inglewood. All precincts reported.
Name recognition and hefty campaign contributions helped make Hall the forerunner throughout the contest. In fact, few voters seemed to know the other candidates who ran against him. According to the Daily Breeze, “State financial disclosure statements show that, since the start of the year, Hall has raised almost $480,000 for his campaign — and has another roughly $360,000 already in the bag for his 2016 re-election bid.”
"I am deeply humbled and sincerely thankful for the confidence placed in me by the voters of the 35th District," Hall told supporters at his victory party. "I take great pride in this sacred responsibility, and in being the voice of so many people and so many local neighborhoods in our state capital."
Termed out of his seat in the state Assembly, Hall may serve out the remainder of Wright’s term, which ends in December 2016. Wright resigned after a jury convicted him of felony voter fraud and perjury for lying about his residency.
The 35th Senate district includes the communities of Inglewood, Carson, Compton, West Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Lennox, San Pedro, West Carson, Torrance, Watts, Willowbrook, Wilmington and parts of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Hall, who turned 43 on Wednesday, has placed green jobs and affordable college tuition at the top of his priority list.
Though critical of Gov. Jerry Brown’s high-speed project, Hall agrees the state needs to become more fiscally conservative. He wants to see pension reform.