CD-47: Which Long Beach Resident Will Represent Garden Grove, Westminster, Cypress, Los Alamitos, Stanton, Buena Park, and Rossmoor?
Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 22, 2012
CD-47 is one of the LA-OC Congressional districts. When created by the Redistricting Commission, Congresswoman Linda Richardson (D-Long Beach) resided within its borders; however, the Democrats’ voter registration advantage proved too small for Richardson’s comfort, so she’s running for CD-44 against fellow Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-Los Angeles). In CD-47, Democrats comprise 42.4% of registered voters, Republicans 31.7%, and No Party Preference 21.1%. In CD-44, Democrats comprise 63.9% of registered voters, Republicans 13.2%, and No Party Preference 18.6%.
The Los Angeles County portions of CD-47 (Signal Hill, 82% of Long Beach, and 22% of Lakewood) comprise 58% of the district. The Orange County portions of CD-47 (Cypress, Los Alamitos, Stanton, Rossmoor, 61% of Westminster, 60% of Garden Grove, and 24% of Buena Park) comprise 42% of the district.
The Republicans running for this open seat are:
- Long Beach Councilman Gary DeLong
- Former Congressman Steve Kuykendall
- OC Activist Steve Foley
- Small Business Owner Sanford Kahn
The Democrats running are:
- State Senator Alan Lowenthal
- College Professor Peter Mathews
- Dr. Jay Shah
- Charity President Usha Shah
Oddly, Jay Shah and Usha Shah are married to each other. For the sake of family peace, I really hope the Shahs’ two adult sons live outside CD-47. I would love to have a seat at the Shahs’ next family dinner.
The three front-runners for June are definitely DeLong, Kuykendall, and Lowenthal. They’re the ones with the name ID and the money. Once Republicans DeLong and Kuykendall settle their battle, one of them will face off against Lowenthal, the Democrat.
At the close of 2011, DeLong led the money race with $367,486 cash on hand and $4,912 in debt. Lowenthal was next with $169,221 and $10,172 in debt. Kuykendall had $37,659 and $9,040 in debt. Oddly, Mathews had $64 cash on hand and $349,511 in debt! Usha Shah had no cash on hand and $31,920 in debt. All other candidates had no cash on hand and no debts.