As I had blogged earlier this week, Dr. Judy Chu and California State Senator Gil Cedillo — amongst others — were running for the vacated 32nd District Congressional seat, a seat dominated by Hispanics for nearly 27 years. On Tuesday, Chu garnered 32% of the votes versus Cedillo winning 23% of the vote. However, since Chu didn’t win by over 50%, there will be a special run-off election on July 14th, against Republican Betty Chu — her cousin-in-law and speculated by some blogs as receiving the nomination due to sharing the last name as Judy Chu — and Christopher Agrella, the Libertarian Party candidate. Since the district is heavily Democratic, Chu should win easily in July. Once Chu wins the special election, she’ll be the twelfth Asian American in Congress, and the second Chinese American. So congratulations to Judy Chu on building a multi-ethnic winning coalition and best of luck to her in Congress!
(Image: Judy Chu, vice chairwoman of the state Board of Equalization, reacts to the crowd of supporters as she awaits election results at a restaurant in Covina. Image source: The Los Angeles Times).