Alameda Unified School District Boardmember Mia Bonta held a firm lead in a crowded field of candidates in a special election race Tuesday night to succeed her husband Rob Bonta as California’s 18th Assembly District representative, according to preliminary election results.
Mia Bonta had more than $1 million supporting her candidacy in the race, according to state campaign finance records, and had perhaps the most name recognition among nine candidates including seven Democrats, one Republican, and one Socialist.
Mia Bonta was leading her closest opponent, social justice attorney Janani Ramachandran, by double digits as of 8:30 Tuesday night, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.
Election officials said the initial Tuesday results would only include mail-in ballots that were submitted early.
Malia Vella, Alameda’s vice mayor, was in third place, followed by Republican Stephen Slauson.
The other candidates all held single digit percentages of the vote. In order, behind Slauson, was San Leandro Vice Mayor Victor Aguilar, public health consultant Eugene Canson, San Leandro Unified School District Boardmember James Aguilar, Socialist Workers Party candidate Joel Britton, and organizer and political consultant Nelsy Batista, a write-in candidate.
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Author: Joseph Geha