first_imgTreasurer Phil Angelides won a narrow victory in his bid to be the Democratic Party’s candidate for governor in November, but the margin was not nearly so close among Democrats in Whittier. In contrast to Angelides’ 4.5-point victory over state Controller Steve Westly among voters across the state, Angelides won by a 52 percent to 40 percent margin in Whittier. “People in Whittier may be more in tune with party politics,” said John Smith, a state regional director for the Democratic Party. “Angelides had far and away the bulk of the Democratic Party endorsements,” Smith said. “That included both senators, the leader of California congressional delegation and a host of congressional representatives, assembly members and state senators plus the Democratic Party itself.” Whittier Councilman Bob Henderson said he was surprised the library bond issue lost. But he understood why the measure lost among Whittier voters, even though the city stood to receive about $19.3 million from Proposition 81 for a new library. “Whittier is quite fiscally conservative and residents hate to vote for bonds and spending,” he said. Even so, Proposition 81 did better among local voters than those statewide, where the measure by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin. “It was people voting their self-interest,” said Caroline Heldman, an associate professor of political science at Whittier College. “That’s why the gap wasn’t as big as in Whittier.” Other categories in which Whittier voters departed from voters statewide included the race for state attorney general. While former Gov. Jerry Brown won the statewide vote overwhelmingly, his opponent, Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo got more votes in Whittier, with a 51 percent to 49 percent margin in Delgadillo’s favor. In more heavily Latino Pico Rivera, Delgadillo won by a 71 percent to 29 percent margin. In the statewide Democratic primary for the office of state controller, John Chiang, a state Board of Equalization member, defeated state Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Orange County. But Dunn scored more votes among Whittier voters – 59 percent to Chiang’s 49 percent. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The two local Democratic clubs – Mark Twain and Robert F. Kennedy – both backed Angelides. Westly did have some support from local Latino leaders such as state Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, and Assembly members Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, and Ron Calderon, D-Montebello. But the low turnout – only 18.6 percent on election day – may have helped Angelides in Whittier, said Louis Reyes, another Democratic Party state regional director. “You figure more of the long-time, white Democratic voters voted, and that would be a reason Angelides did better,” Reyes said. In other local results, neither of the two statewide propositions did well in Whittier. Proposition 82, the preschool initiative, lost by a 66 percent to 34 percent margin locally. Proposition 81, the $600,000 library bond issue, did better, losing only by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin. last_img

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