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Jaimes, Ian Calderon top 57th Assembly District Campaign in close, tight battle

By Brian Hews

In one of the closest campaigns to be held in California’s new “open primary” on Tuesday, Democrat Ian Calderon appears to be headed to a November runoff election in the 57th District against Republican La Mirada businessman Noel Jaimes.
Calderon, 26, who is the son of California State Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon, narrowly defeated rival Democrat Rudy Bermudez, a former two-term member of the Assembly

IAN CALDERON CELEBRATES ELECTION NIGHT

California State Assembly candidate Ian Charles Calderon chats with campaign supporter Diane Gramajo and his aunt Leslie Rodriguez waiting for election results on Tuesday night.

who was attempting a political comeback.
The 57th Assembly District holds an overwhelming Democratic Party voter registration, and many political experts believe that Calderon is now the heavy favorite to replace his father in the upcoming November campaign.
“This is amazing. I grew up in politics. I am a Calderon, I get it, but I also recognize that nothing in life is just handed to you because of your family,” Calderon told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper at around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday morning.
“This campaign was about bringing new ideas, and new energy to the next generation of leaders in California,” Calderon said with his voice cracking.
Calderon said that there has “always” been at least one “Calderon” in the California State Legislature for past thirty years, and it appears that the streak will continue.
Majority Leader Chuck Calderon told LCCN earlier in the evening how proud he was of his son. “Ian worked day and night in this campaign. He has worked tirelessly,” he said.
Jaimes, a business owner from La Mirada took the top vote in the election and garnered 43.38% of the overall vote. Calderon finished in second a little more than 28.67% and Bermudez trailed in third with 27.96%.

57th Assembly District
Official Results

NOEL A. JAIMES*
(Party Preference: Rep)
13,688 votes 43.4%

IAN CHARLES CALDERON*
(Party Preference: Dem)
9,046 votes 28.7%

Rudy Bermudez
(Party Preference: Dem)
8,823 votes 28.0%

100.0% ( 239 of 239 ) precincts partially
or fully reporting as of June 6, 2012, 1:50 a.m

*Will compete in the November General Election

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mark hylland

Where has everyone gone? Including the candidates? I thought there was an election in November? Who is worthy of our votes…perhaps Sad Day was correct, should we have voted for Rudy? Has a write in candidate ever prevailed? Is this possible?

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mark hylland

Hello, Mr. Sad Day—come in…I have a question for you….You bashed Ian on where he was raised/grew up/attended school etc…..What about Noel Jaimes, WHERE was he born? When did he come to USA….Illegal or Legal entry? WHERE did he grow up.

Cowabunga Dude
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Cowabunga Dude

I am hearing rumors that Rudy Bermudez is actually thinking about sinking a ton of cash into a recount. Dude, what a waste. Get over yourself and go to your favorite WeHo Leather Bar with your boyfriend Tony Mendoza and wait for your matching money laundering indictments.

Until then surfs up, and Cowabunga Dude

mark hylland
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mark hylland

No way……not true

mark hylland
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mark hylland

Did anybody watch the “debate”? It is online, Noel Jaimes mentioned that he was three years old when his mother first brought him to the USA and later she became an American Citizen, he swore allegiance after this.

MY QUESTION IS THIS…..

Did Mr. Noel Jaimes and/or his mother (or whoever brought him here) enter the United States of America Illegally? Or did they have the proper authorization to enter the United States?

Mr. Noel Jaimes, we are waiting for your answer.

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mark hylland

Dude,

Well said with one caution. An election should never be taken for granted and it is imperative that all of us get out and VOTE. Congratulations to Ian, Sad Day sure seems quiet. Perhaps he is struggling on how to deal with FACTS. Sad Day, I am anxiously waiting for the answers to my questions. Surfs Up!

Cowabunga Dude
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Cowabunga Dude

“Sad Day” get over yourself, Rudy lost and now he can join his rumored boyfriend Tony Mendoza at their rumored favorite West Hollywood Leather Bar, while they wait to get prosecuted by Cooley. As for Ian putting the district at risk, lets be serious for one moment the Reeps turnout at greater percentages because up until a week out from the election their candidate Romney had not yet secured their party’s nomination. The Tea Baggers don’t like that they are stuck with panderer in chief, flip-flopper Romney. If you look at the money the Reeps pull more money out of… Read more »

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mark hylland

Dear Mr. Sad Day, While I am attempting to follow your train of thought, it can be as confusing as the Tax Code itself that only an experienced attorney can understand. With that said, I did grow up here and attended the Whittier Union High School District (Santa Fe High). I am also a child of divorced parents and although my father had visitation rights he did not always utilize them. Charles Calderon should be congratulated that he took such an interest in his son’s life and while Ian may have only spent 1/2 of his time “growing up” in… Read more »

A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District
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A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District

Mark, I admire that you have participated and continue to participate in local politics as a volunteer and as a voter. For that, we should all thank people like you, whichever side you may have campaigned for. People like you keep our politicians in check. But, I have to say, your first instinct to support Rudy was the right one, regardless of the primary election outcome. My last comment above only seems one-sided because it was in response to Samuel’s obviously one-sided comments. Unlike Samuel, I am a fan of making the entire picture available, not just the part with… Read more »

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mark hylland

It is in fact a Sad Day for “Sad Day”. There is really so much more I would like to say but will stay focused on relevant issues. Item number one, I have known Rudy for several decades. In fact, he dated a very close friend of mine. I do consider Rudy a friend and had intended to vote for him (along with many others) and in fact I contacted Rudy in March and I offered to volunteer my time to his campaign. I did receive an e-mail from his campaign manager in April and stated that I was very… Read more »

A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District
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A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District

Dearest Samuel, you have lowered the bar to schoolyard vitriol like “fecal matter” and “(b.s.).” That is quite unfortunate. I must say, Samuel, nowhere in your missive above do you mention any qualification of Ian’s other than that he walked for 80 days, which only confirms what I have already stated: Ian is a weak candidate substantively. And if you, with 24 years of political experience, think that I, a single voice, a mere constituent of the district without any financial clout, can cause the Cowabunga Candidate to lose this November then, as a candidate, Ian is much weaker than… Read more »

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BMAC

Thank you Samuel Johnson… I second that comment!

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I have been intricately involved in California politics for over 24 years (take my word for it). If I have learned anything it is this: Don’t fall in love with your own bullshit. I am tired of all the fecal matter being slung around by “Sad Day”. Generally I have better things to do than to spend my time indulging the fantasies of a sore loser in the comment section of the Los Cerritos News about the coulda, woulda shoulda of Rudy Bermudez’s humiliating defeat by Ian ” the cowabunga candidate” Calderon, but even I am not perfect. Lets take… Read more »

A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District
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A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District

Mark, you can try to equate writing to a violent act, but it is abundantly clear to any reasonable person that such a comparison is void of even a modicum of sound logic. Again, not surprising coming from the Ian “the Cowabunga candidate” Calderon camp. Anyone with even the slightest understanding of political campaigning can explain to you that dramatically out-spending one’s opponent virtually guarantees victory. There are exceptions to that rule, of course, but they are quite rare. And the Calderon’s know that very well. They know it so well that they can prop up an inexperienced surfer boy… Read more »

mark hylland
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mark hylland

Greetings Sad Day…… First, please get your facts straight. Example, you accuse me of using caps to get my point across. I encourage you to get your facts straight before you go off on a rampage—–sort of reminds me of someone who used to toss eggs at a poor innocent brown Volkswagen (and slashed tires)—The poor little brown Volkswagen was owned by a girl who no longer wanted to be with the guy who tossed the eggs and slash the tires of the poor little brown Volkswagen. With that said, it appears that your opinion is that Rudy should have… Read more »

A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District
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A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District

FFL, to begin, facts are your friends. There is no need to run away from them. They won’t bite. Republicans have overwhelmingly dominated the California governor’s office and the California supreme court for quite some time. That kind of divided government in a blue state, combined with the overwhelming amount of red dollars flowing into our state from Republican outsiders is making things worse in California, not Democrats generally. But you do have a point. Continuing to blindly vote Calderon’s into office merely because they are Calderon’s is an inherent Democratic problem in our area. Dynasty or legacy politics is… Read more »

A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District
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A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District

Please, Mark, spare us from the all-caps technique. It is quite juvenile and caps do not actually make things louder. And it does not make much sense to repeat a question before one offers a chance to respond, does it. None of this, however, is surprising coming from Ian’s camp. So let’s try writing something worthy of being in the Los Cerritos News. Your first comment above implies that only those in Ian’s camp are “real people.” I must hasten to state that, by your definition, supporters of any other candidate and non-voters are not real people. As you should… Read more »

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FFL

Sad day for Democrats? Gimme a break— things are as they are not because of conservative republicans.. in California and especially that district they are irrelevant. The skewered with liberal ringers redistricting committee saw to that one! Most all problems can be laid DIRECTLY on the door steps of democrats who have had a death grip stranglehold on California politics for DECADES locally and state wide. But like good liberal democrat comrades who can’t think for themselves, they will continue the insanity and vote them in AGAIN. And HOPE for different results! Next time TRY somebody ELSE besides a democrat!… Read more »

mark hylland
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mark hylland

Greetings “A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District”, you write your comment “on behalf of the majority of Democrats and swing voters in the district who did not vote for the Calderon dynasty”. Who did they vote for then? If those you mention cared enough to vote then we would not have Ian nor Noel. I ask once again WHO DID THEY VOTE FOR? If I recall there was only one other candidate in this race and the “majority” did not vote for him. If Ian Calderon and Noel are so terrible, who should the “majority” of voted… Read more »

A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District
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A Sad Day for Democrats in the 57th District

Mark, on behalf of the majority of Democrats and swing voters in the district who did not vote for the Calderon dynasty, we are also real people. Would Ian have won without daddy and daddy’s political donors?! Please, Mark, let’s be real. The hard-working, good people of this district deserve better than Ian the surfer boy to represent them. Make no mistake about it, this is a terribly sad day for the 57th district. Now we are stuck with a horrible choice this Fall. Vote for a Republican or vote for the terribly unqualified surfer boy. So, Mark, ask yourself… Read more »

mark hylland
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mark hylland

It was an honor and a pleasure to have worked with Ian’s Campaign…….Never under estimate the power of the REAL PEOPLE.