Josh Premako Senior Staff Writer
Wednesday June 7, 2006
Santa Clarita City Councilman Cameron Smyth was leading the race for Republican nomination for the 38th Assembly District on Tuesday, according to early results.
As of 10:30 p.m., Smyth had received 6,470 votes district-wide, putting a sizable gap between himself and Republican challenger Mary Barrientos, who had received 1,691 votes.
Tuesday’s primary election determined which candidates will continue to the ballot for the November general election.
For the Democratic candidates, the race for a nomination for November’s election was a close one Tuesday night.
Candidates Lyn Shaw and Jim Alger were practically tied, with Jane Lowenthal and Sid Gold trailing behind.
As of 10:30 p.m., Shaw had received 1,470 votes district-wide, Alger received 1,486, Lowenthal received 1,287 and Gold had received 728.
Despite the close numbers, Alger said “I’m feeling pretty good.”
“Today is just one step,” Smyth told a small group of supporters at the Santa Clarita Valley Republican Headquarters at 9 p.m. “It’s all about thanks (to the voters). Today’s a great day.”
Smyth and Barrientos have been campaigning for the past several months, hoping to fill the seat left vacant by Keith Richman, who is running for state treasurer.
At 10:30 p.m., Richman was second for the Republican nomination with 283,257 votes statewide, coming in behind fellow Republican Claude Parrish, who had 347,853 votes.
The 38th District takes in portions of Santa Clarita as well as Los Angeles, Simi Valley and Glendale.
For Barrientos, whether or not she won the primary, her mission remained the same.
“(Wednesday’s) another working day,” she said. “I still have issues to deal with … (and) I will continue being involved with the community.”
In the race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Tom McClintock – with 660,514 votes late Tuesday – was far ahead of Tony Farmer, who had received 46,254 votes statewide.
McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, also represents a portion of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The polls reportedly saw a light voter turnout Tuesday, which Smyth said may be a sign voters are simply tired.
In addition to a lack of major issues on the primary ballot, he said voters may be fatigued from the number of elections over the past several years.
Those thoughts were echoed by Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith, who said the primary election is fairly lackluster.
Smith, who has supported Smyth throughout his campaign, was at the Republican Headquarters on Tuesday night to await the results.
“(Cameron has) a real strength of character,” he said. “I can tell he really cares about this community.”