Incumbents Dr. Steven Placido and Rep. Judy Chu (D-El Monte) were re-elected to represent Alhambra on Tuesday. Placido won a third term in Alhambra City Council and Chu will go back to D.C. for her third term in Congress. The Democratic victory continued with the State Assembly race, with Edwin "Ed" Chau, who was endorsed by Assemblyman Mike Eng (D), winning the 49th District which includes Alhambra.
Placido, representing Alhambra's fourth district in City Council, beat opponent immigration attorney Elizabeth Salinas with 52 percent of the vote to her 48 percent.
Salinas hoped that the election, the only Alhambra race not cancelled due to lack of candidates, would give Placido a new perspective on his position.
"A lot of people did vote for me and it's a wake up call to everybody,” Salinas, who received 7,361 votes compared to Placido's 8,043, told Pasadena Star-News. “He has an opportunity here and he shouldn't waste it, and he should remember that he works for us.”
Chu took the 27th Congressional District by a much larger margin, defeating Republican candidate Jack Orswell with 63 percent of the vote to Orswell's 37 percent. Chu issued a statement thanking supporters early Wednesday. “Tonight, voters from this region placed their trust in me again. I will honor that trust by fighting for their needs each and every day in Congress,” the Star-News reports.
The State Assembly race went to Chau, who received 57 percent of the vote Tuesday compared to Dr. Matthew Lin (R) with 43 percent. Lin won the primary vote in June and many thought he was the favorite to win the election. But not all disputes are decided. Chau and Lin will face each other again in court on Nov. 27 to settle the alleged publication of Lin's wife's Social Security number in Chau's campaign material, L.A. Weekly reports.