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Official 47th Congressional District Candidates List Released

Eight candidates will compete for the 47th Congressional District seat to represent Los Alamitos and Rossmoor.

Four Democrats and four Republicans were certified by the California Secretary of State's office Thursday as candidates who will appear on the June 5 ballot to represent the 47th Congressional District.

The district includes Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Long Beach and also includes Catalina Island.

Here's who will be on the ballot:

  • Alan Lowenthal: Democrat / Long Beach / State Senator
  • Peter Mathews: Democrat / Long Beach / College professor and educator
  • Jay Shah: Democrat / Long Beach / Doctor
  • Usha Shah: Democrat / Long Beach / Charitable organization president
  • Gary DeLong: Republican / Long Beach / Small businessman
  • Steve Foley: Republican / Cypress / (No designation)
  • Sanford W. Kahn: Republican / Long Beach / Small business owner
  • Steven T. Kuykendall: Republican / Long Beach / Businessman

The top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary election will advance to the Nov. 6 general election regardless of party preference or whether one candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary. The primary election will include elections for U.S. President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as state Senate and state Assembly seats.

As of Jan. 3, 2012, there were 356,549 registered voters in the 47th Congressional District with 42 percent registered as Democrats and 32 percent registered as Republicans,  according to data from the Secretary of State's office.

met00 March 30, 2012 at 06:52 AM
And the Primary Final: Alan Lowenthal: Democrat / Long Beach / State Senator Gary DeLong: Republican / Long Beach / Small businessman The also-rans: Peter Mathews: Democrat / Long Beach / College professor and educator Jay Shah: Democrat / Long Beach / Doctor Usha Shah: Democrat / Long Beach / Charitable organization president Steve Foley: Republican / Cypress / (No designation) Sanford W. Kahn: Republican / Long Beach / Small business owner Steven T. Kuykendall: Republican / Long Beach / Businessman Analysis: 1) Money. Both of these candidates are at the top of their respective Political Designations financially. 2) Name recognition. While Kuykendall can give DeLong a run for the money here, there is no-one on the (D) side that comes close to doing that for Lowenthal. 3) Wildcard: Shah. Not him, her. Being the only female candidate in the race she will scoop off votes from both the (R) and the (D), but from the (D) at a greater rate since there is a (D) next to her name. The big loser is Shah. Not her, him.He will create a bit of confusion as to which Shah is which.
met00 March 30, 2012 at 06:58 AM
A bit more analysis... DeLong's biggest problem is that Kahn is going to force the rest of the GOP pack to lean rightward or risk losing votes in what could be a close race for Kuykendall and DeLong for the second spot. Every motivated voter counts, and from the GOP perspective Kahn is the far right (teabagger side of the party). Thus both Kuykendall and DeLong will have to woo those high propensity GOP voters back to their fold. Doing this will force both to move a bit further to the right than either would be comfortable going (they both appear to be as milquetoast as Royce) thus making them less attractive to the DTS/I population (which don't vote as much in a Primary, but may remember who was where in the General - and will be reminded of that by Lowenthal). What about Mathews and Foley. Well if they had been from any part of the district beside LB, they might have stood a chance of upsetting the apple carts a bit, but with low name recognition and no identity outside the LB area, things don't look to good for them. Let the games begin!
Panglonymous March 30, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Milquetoast moves right... http://patch.com/A-sbY5#photo-9458157

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