Final Results: Bloom Beats Butler

Final numbers released on Tuesday confirm Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom as the winner in the 50th District assembly race.

The Los Angeles County Clerk's office confirmed that Richard Bloom beat Betsy Butler in the race for the 50th Assembly District seat by 1,705 votes, according to the final tally released Tuesday.

“I look forward to working on the issues that matter to my constituents,” Bloom said on his website. “Education, jobs, the economy and protecting the environment.”

Bloom, who is currently the mayor of Santa Monica, previously held a lead of 888 votes on Nov. 26. On election night, he was ahead by 218 votes, and his lead widened with every vote tally update except for the Nov. 20 results. 

This closely-contested race was unique as it is the only one in the 28 contested state legislative and congressional districts in California to have candidates from the same party—both are Democrats.

Incumbent Betsy Butler raised more than $1 million in campaign funds, about twice as much as Bloom.

District 50 encompasses Santa Monica, Malibu, Brentwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Carthay Square, West Hollywood, much of Hollywood, Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, as well as Pacific Palisades, Topanga, part of the Santa Monica Mountains and Agoura Hills.

Brenda Barnes November 28, 2012 at 03:10 AM
What in the world did I say to attract WB to my "agenda"? Wish I'd known how to attract Wonder Boys when I was a wonder girl.
Brenda Barnes November 28, 2012 at 03:14 AM
This is really sad. Slimebucket misleading campaign mailers and developers' money--what a combination Bloom is. Butler wasn't great, too conservative for me--and I heard she just sent assistants to things and didn't help people--but Bloom is just the worst no-ethics sell-out, so ,much worse than someone marginal.
Brenda Barnes November 28, 2012 at 05:24 AM
There is no Reply button under Barry Brucker's comment, so especially since Sharon also thought Bloom was good, I'll put my reply here. Bloom may have seemed "solid as a rock" and "good on the region." to a fellow politician. Frankly, I don't know what those platitudes mean, and I can't believe anyone who looked around would think this region got better in the last 20 years anyway, so I doubt that you and I share many values. I do know neither you nor Bloom nor anyone else has done any good at all on transportation (Expo is the worst boondoggle ever, a time bomb of more influx of people to a City that just can't take any more), so if that is the claim to fame of the two of you, forget it. Specifically, Bloom led the pack that approved absolutely every development anyone proposed. They played the game of cutting it down 8% and making the top stories set back so supposedly people on the sidewalk could still see the sky (or was that the street we were supposed to stand in to be able to see past the awnings of the "ground-floor retail" of all those five-story mixed use creative office and retail buildings with two levels of subterranean parking each?). In short, I know specifically what Richard Bloom did. He sold Santa Monica to any developer who would give the City a cut. If he's the same in the Assembly, I just hope he's ineffectual and voted out next time when people have seen some of what he really does.
Marie Cunningham November 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM
@Brenda There is no reply button under that comment because it's a reply as well. Best, Marie
Dan Charney December 02, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Bad news for the state of California- we should ask for a recount or another vote - to see this man, void of ethics go on to do what he has done to Santa Monica on a larger scale - is truly depressing. The monster, now fed, will rage uncontrolled


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