September 27, 2011 in Uncategorized By: Dave Emerson
(Los Alamitos, 9/27/2011) Los Alamitos Mayor Pro Tem Troy Edgar is running as a Republican for the 47th Congressional District, which includes Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Cypress, most of Long Beach, and portions of Lakewood, Garden Grove & Westminster.
Organizing papers were fed exed to the Federal Elections Commission last Monday, 9/19 by Gary Crummit, Treasurer for Troy Edgar for Congress, operating out of 110 Pine Ave. in Long Beach, # 1110.
According to Open Congress Wiki, Mayor pro Tem Edgar is one of 4 announced candidates so far:
- Democrat Alen Lowenthal, a former Long Beach City Council Member who served two terms representing Long Beach in the California Assembly.
- Republican Steve Kuykendall, a Republican, who served one term as the 36th Congressional District representative from1999 to 2001.
- Republican Gary DeLong, who represents Belmont Shore in Long Beach’s City Council, and who announced last Thursday that his campaign had already raised $100,000.
Kuykendall says he’s received backing from former Gov. Pete Wilson (photo left) and L.A. District Attorney Steven Cooley. DeLong has received endorsements from former Gov. George Deukmejian and Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. [ad]
When I asked one astute local how Edgar thought he could overcome opponents with such formidable endorsements, I was told Edgar may be thinking that if he’s the only Orange County Republican running and the two Long Beach Republicans split the vote, he might be able to win the primary, where voters will no longer be restricted to only vote for their party.
Then, as the only Republican facing Lowenthal in a competitive district, Edgar would have considerable Republican support, especially from the Orange County Republican leadership that has supported him for Council in the past.
Interesting. . . one day after I put up a post about politicians not taking care of today’s business & focusing on an election that’s over 13 months away.
And as a long time Orange County resident who grew up in Lakewood, has a real estate business on both sides of the County Line, and attended Long Beach schools, I’d even been toying with running. . . . as the only non-politician!
Click here for the final map for our 47th Congressional District.
9/28/11 update: For a very interesting & far more in-depth analysis of this race from someone who knows a whole lot more about politics than I do, see JM’s two detailed comments below. Very interesting!
As always, your perspective, reporting, and insights, diplomatically expressed, are encouraged.