Republican, Libertarian challengers bid to unseat incumbent.
Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published April 16, 2010
A graduate of Temple City High School and an author have been certified by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen as candidates for the June primary election.
Both Republican Alvaro Day and Libertarian Eytan Kollin are running against incumbent Anthony Portantino in a heavily Democratic district.
The candidates were officially certified Thursday, April 1.
None will face a challenge from within their own political party; all will therefore immediately advance to the November general election.
Assembly member Portantino, first elected to the state legislature in 2006, is seeking to win a third and final term. Legislative term limits prevent anyone from serving in the state assembly for more than three terms, or a total of six years.
As a Democratic incumbent, Portantino immediately begins the campaign as the frontrunner. He is heavily favored to defeat Day and Kollin.
The former La Canada councilman’s main opponent will be the Republican candidate.
Day, who graduated from T.C.H.S. in 2007, describes himself as a conservative Republican.
“Failed policies in California…have limited opportunities for future generations,” he said in an email to the Temple City Voice.
Calling the state deficit and high taxes “unacceptable,” Day intends to govern with conservative principles in mind.
“We urgently need measures that include cutting taxes,” he added.
Like Day, the Libertarian Party’s candidate will need to build a strong base of supporters in order to make this election competitive.
The last day to register to vote for the June primary is May 24.
Editor’s Note: All three candidates were contacted for this story, only one responded.