With less than one week to go, the 62nd Assembly District race is definitely on! Front runners Gloria Gray and Autumn Burke are leading the pack, and one of them is likely to become the new Assemblymember in the 62nd District, replacing Steve Bradford who is termed out. Simona Farisse is also in the race.
The District includes the cities of Inglewood, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Lennox and Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles communities of Venice, Westmont and Marina del Rey.
Gray was elected to the West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) Board of Directors in 2006 and is the first African-American woman elected to this Board in its 65 years. She previously served on the Inglewood School Board from 1995-2003, and has held positions with the Los Angeles County Departments of Health and Human Services. Economic development, jobs and justice are the focus of Gray’s campaign.
Burke is the daughter of former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, and an entrepreneur. Autumn currently owns Mandeville Group, LLC, a professional consulting firm that offers business development, community outreach and energy efficiency consulting services. She has a background in real estate.
Burke wants to create better jobs, safe and affordable housing and quality schools.
Gray and Burke are moving right along, focused on their goals. But this is a political race, and what would it be without some fireworks?
The Gray camp spent Tuesday at a press conference in Westchester, defending statements made by Farisse, described as “misinformation.” According to a statement from a Gray aide, the Farrise campaign sent mailers out, saying Gray was “responsible for the 2012 emergency State take over (of the Inglewood School District). A completely false statement as Gray's term actually ended over 10 years ago in 2003 and had nothing to do with the school district going into receivership.” The mailer also stated that the West Basin Municipal Water District, where Gray serves as a board member, is under investigation for corruption. Again, not true, according to the statement.
Gray will use her final days of the campaign to inspire constituents to vote, even as she defends her record. There will be hours of phone banking on Saturday from her Gardena and Inglewood offices in addition to a phone bank event on the west side.
The Burke camp will be engaged in phone banking every day leading up to Election Day. Volunteers will be walking the district from Saturday through Election Day, greeting voters in the District. A fundraiser—the last until the election—will be held Friday, May 30 in downtown Los Angeles.
A Burke rally will be held Saturday, May 31 from noon to 2pm at 1300 Centinela Ave. in Inglewood. Invited dignitaries include: Assemblymember Steve Bradford; Assemblymember Isadore Hall; Assemblymember Reggie-Jones Sawyer; Inglewood Mayor James Butts; Hawthorne Mayor Chris Brown; Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles; Inglewood Councilmembers George Dotson, Ralph Franklin, Eloy Morales, and Alex Padilla; Inglewood City Treasurer, Wanda Brown; and Inglewood City Clerk, Yvonne Horton.
Efforts by Burke supporters will culminate on Election Night with a gathering at the Campaign Headquarters, beginning at 9pm. For up to date information and volunteer opportunities for either campaign, visit www.BurkeForAssembly.com or www.GloriaDGray.com.