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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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