Torrance City Councilman Ted Lieu was sworn in as California State Assembly 53rd District member Wednesday, September 21st, in Sacramento.

The 53rd Assembly District stretches from Venice on the north to Lomita and includes West Los Angeles on the east.

Lieu, a Democrat, received 60 percent of votes — 24,119 votes — in a special primary election Tuesday, September 13th, to fill the seat left vacant by Assemblyman Mike Gordon’s death in June.

Lieu had been Gordon’s campaign manager when Gordon, also a Democrat, ran for the 53rd District seat last year.

A victory in the special primary election for Lieu meant that he avoided a runoff for the special general election Tuesday, November 8th.

Lieu defeated three Republican candidates Mary Jo Ford, Paul Nowatka, and Paul Whitehead, and Peace and Freedom candidate James Smith.

Ford received 19 percent of votes, 7,733 votes; Paul Nowatka received 12 percent, 4,711 votes; Greg Hill, who dropped out of the race after ballots were already printed, remained on the special primary election ballot and received five percent of votes, or 2,040 votes; Whitehead received two percent, 862 votes; and James Smith received two percent, 810 votes.

Lieu said he would work on getting many of Gordon’s State Assembly bills signed into law.

Lieu listed as his legislative priorities education, environmental issues, and transportation.

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