Mayor, councilman in tight race for Assembly seat

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Associated Press

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 11:04 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Pomona city councilman and the mayor of Ontario are locked in a tight contest for a state Assembly seat in Southern California's Inland Empire.

Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, who switched his affiliation from Republican to independent earlier this year, and Democrat Freddie Rodriguez, a member of the Pomona City Council, were splitting the vote in early returns Tuesday night.

The winner of the special election runoff will replace Democrat Norma Torres, who won a state Senate seat in May.

Leon and Rodriguez emerged as the top vote-getters in a nine-way July primary to represent the heavily Democratic 52nd Assembly District, which straddles western San Bernardino County and eastern Los Angeles County.

Turnout for Tuesday's special election was expected to be light.

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