Torrance City Councilman and Democrat Ted Lieu has announ-ced his bid for the California State Assembly 53rd District in a special election Tuesday, September 13th, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of former Assemblyman Mike Gordon.

The filing deadline for candidates in the 53rd Assembly District special election is Monday, August 1st.

If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote plus one vote in the primary, a runoff among the highest vote getters of each political party will be held in conjunction with the statewide special election Tuesday, November 8th.

“I am running because I have a passion for public service and I care deeply about making our community a better place,” Lieu said.

“I want to ensure that my children inherit a world that is better than what we have today.”

Lieu served on the Torrance Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission before his election to the Torrance City Council in 2002.

He serves as a board member of the Torrance/South Bay YMCA and the Switzer Center School and Clinical Services.

He is also a member of several local organizations including Heal the Bay and Friends of Madrona Marsh.

He currently holds the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and served on active duty for four years as a member of the elite Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.

During his tenure in the Reserves, Lieu received numerous awards and medals for his service and dedication to the Armed Forces, both abroad and locally.

Lieu’s wife, Betty, is a former deputy attorney general under California attorney general Bill Lockyer.

The Lieus have a son and are expecting another child later this year.

Councilman Lieu received early support from 22 current and former local elected officials that Lieu says represent a cross section of the 53rd District including:

Congresswoman Jane Harman;

Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl;

former Assemblyman George Nakano;

El Segundo mayor pro tem John Gaines;

Hermosa Beach School Board member Linda Wolin;

Lomita Councilman Don Suminaga;

and former Redondo Beach Councilmembers Bob Pinzler and Kurt Schmalz.

Lieu served as Gordon’s campaign chair last year.