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Six candidates vie for seat in new 9th Assembly District

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Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:06 am, Sat May 26, 2012.

Six people are running for the newly created 9th Assembly District that runs from South Sacramento to Lodi. Democrats have a significant edge in the district, with 13 percent more registered voters than Republicans.

Three Republicans, two Democrats and one Peace and Freedom Party member are running for the seat.

Democrat Dr. Richard Pan currently holds an Assembly seat in the 5th District, but moved into the 9th District for the election.

Due to the new open-primary system that takes effect with the June primary, all candidates regardless of party will appear on the same ballot. The top two candidates on the June 5 ballot will move on to the November primary.

Lodi is separated from most of San Joaquin County in the district. It joins Galt, rural areas west to Davis Road and south of Lodi to about Eight Mile Road, most of Elk Grove and part of South Sacramento.

The six candidates will compete for the votes of 204,478 people who were registered in the district as of April 6. There are 93,229 registered Democrats, or 45.6 percent, in the district, and 66,594 registered Republicans, or 32.6 percent. The Peace and Freedom Party has 859 registered voters, or 0.42 percent.

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