Jimmy Gomez appears likely to become the next Assemblyman for the region stretching from Silver Lake and Echo Park to East L.A.
In early returns, Gomez held a 57-43 percent advantage over his opponent, Luis Lopez. His lead extended to 60-40 with about half the precinct ballots counted.
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Gomez, the political director of United Nurses Associations of California, had the backing of the Democratic Party and most of the elected leadership in the area.
Lopez works for AltaMed, a network of non-profit health clinics. Lopez had the support of Jackie Goldberg, the liberal former Assemblywoman who used to represent that area. He accused Gomez of being a carpetbagger, and launched a variety of attacks on him in the waning days of the race.