Judy Chu Defeats Gil Cedillo in Polls

May 20th, 2009 - 11:10 pm ICT by GD  

State Board of Equalization Vice Chairwoman, Judy Chu won the maximum number of votes for the open 32nd Congressional District seat, decisively defeating fellow Democrat, Sen Gil Cedillo. She won 35% of the votes with 9700 votes as Cedillo garnered 22.98% with 6407 votes. However, Chu failed to get a majority so a run0ff may become necessary.

Emmanuel Pleitez, a newcomer in politics who surprised onlookers and analysts with his superb fund raising and campaign supported by personal contacts and volunteers came in third after Judy Chu and Sen Gil Cedillo. Monterey Park Councilwoman, Betty Tom Chu was the first Republican to be voted on in the staunchly pro-Democrat district.

Celebrating her victory at Nick’s Taste of Texas restaurant in Covina, Judy Chu said, “I’m really excited, and I feel so honored by the votes of the people in the district.” She is a Chinese American who has worked in the District to bring together ethnic communities and will face a Republican and a Libertarian in the runoff.

Chu was trying to bring together a multi-ethnic coalition and has the backing of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Rep. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles) and a number of elected officials of San Gabriel Valley cities and school boards. The California Democratic Party and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor had also supported her and spent nearly $150,000 on her behalf, while Chu herself raised $1 million for her campaign. On the other hand, the The United Farmworkers Union had supported both Chu and Cedillo and according to analysts, this was only indicative of conflicting loyalties in labor.

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