Low voter turn out expected for March 24 election
By Kenneth Miller
Sentinel Managing Editor
Four African American candidates vying for the California 26th District Senate Seat vacated by Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas greatest challenge will be inspiring voters to get to the polls for the March 24 election.
In anticipation of a low voter turn out the candidates have been in all out blitz mode this week to get their message out days before their fate will be learned.
Assembly members Mike Davis (D-48) and Curren Price (D-51), the leading candidates who currently hold public office rolled out their impressive resume of endorsers for the seat.
Davis, who was named 2008 Assemblyman of the Year, was appointed by Speaker Karen Bass as Chairman of the Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, Internet Media for California Assembly, appointed to the prestigious Coliseum Commission.
A past chief deputy to the powerful Congresswoman and former County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, Davis easily earned those endorsements.
While those supporters may have been rubber stamps for Davis, his endorsement by the historical New Frontier Democratic Club and the influential United Teachers of Los were potential blockbusters and could be the turning point in victory for his candidacy.
Meanwhile, another leading contender with a lofty resume to his credit Price who is a former Inglewood two term City Councilman and as a freshman Assembly member authored 30 legislative measures has sealed the endorsement of his processor Thomas also won the Stonewall Democratic Club endorsement.
Candidate Saundra Davis who credits herself as being champion for kids and is a former seven year Culver City Board of Education member and is now its president was hailed by the NAACP as an "emerging leader" and has been honored by the President, Congress, U.S. Senate and Los Angeles City Council.
Candidate Robert Cole is running on the moniker of "Change" that lead to President Barack Obama's historical election and he served as one of Obama's senior state directors during his campaign.
Cole has held number of titles such as Commissioner for Los Angeles Economy Efficiency Commission, California State Director of African American Outreach among others.
However this election may very hinge on public name recognition and the ability of each of the candidates to get voters out to the polls and in that regard it appears that both Mike Davis and Price may have a substantial edge.
The 26th district covers the regions of Athens, Baldwin Hills, Culver City, Los Angeles (Century City, Country Club Park, Crenshaw, Hancock Park, Hollywood, Hyde Park, Jefferson Park, Korea town, Ladera Heights, Leimert Park, Mid City, South Central, West Adams, West Fairfax, Westlake), View Park, and Windsor Hills, areas of which Mike Davis is currently serving.
"I didn't have to move into the district to be a candidate for election. This is my district and I know the concerns of its residents and I feel that I have the solutions to them," said Mike Davis