Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

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Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
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California State Assembly District 54
In office
December 13, 2013 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
First electedDecember 3, 2013
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits12 years
Bachelor'sSociology, Morehouse College
Office website
Campaign website
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 54. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on December 3, 2013.


Ridley-Thomas earned his B.A. in Sociology from Morehouse College. His professional experience includes working as Public Policy Director for Curren De Mille Price.[1]


Campaign themes


Ridley-Thomas's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt: "We must do our utmost to create new jobs. We can accomplish this, in part, by supporting small businesses. We must expand the abilities of small business owners to take advantage of local and state contracting opportunities."


  • Excerpt: "I don’t have a miracle solution to our local traffic woes, but I do know it is time to gather together the best transportation minds in our region and state to evaluate and assess how we can best mitigate our vehicle gridlocked surface streets and freeways to promote better movement of people and goods."


  • Excerpt: "The Affordable Care Act will open the door to healthcare coverage for millions of Californians. But it will only work when people walk through the door to choose their healthcare provider that is best for themselves and their families. We must make sure residents and business owners are properly educated on the choices and benefits made available through the Affordable Care Act."

Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "Our law enforcement agencies – from LAPD to Culver City PD to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department – need to be assured they will have the resources, tools and community support to perform the challenging daily job of keeping our neighborhoods safe."

Getting Our Fair Share from Sacramento

  • Excerpt: "We have much work to do in our communities. We need our fair share from Sacramento in order to do the job right."



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Sebastian Mark Ridley Thomas (D) and Glen Ratcliff (R) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Ridley-Thomas will face Ratcliff in the general election.[3][4]


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Ridley-Thomas won election in a special election for California State Assembly District 54. The seat was vacant following Rep. Holly Mitchell's (D) election to the California State Senate. Ridley-Thomas defeated John Jake (D) and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D) in the special election, which took place on December 3.[5][6][7][8]

California State Assembly, District 54, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSebastian Ridley-Thomas 60.3% 13,992
     Democratic Christopher R. Armenta 35.7% 8,270
     Democratic John Jake 4% 931
Total Votes 23,193



In 2014, Ridley-Thomas's endorsements include the following:[9]

  • California Democratic Party
  • Hon. Dianne Feinstein, Member, United States Senate
  • Hon. Barbara Boxer, Member, United States Senate
  • Hon. Karen Bass, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Hon. Janice Hahn, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Hon. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr., Governor, State of California
  • Hon. Gavin Newsom, California Lieutenant Governor
  • Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas, Chairman, L.A. County Board of Supervisors
  • Hon. Mike Feuer, City Attorney, City of Los Angeles
  • Hon. Herb Wesson, President, L.A. City Council
  • Hon. Mike Bonin, L.A. City Council member
  • Hon. Curren Price, L.A. City Council member
  • Hon. Paul Koretz, L.A. City Council member
  • Hon. Bill Rosendahl, L.A. City Council member (Ret.)
  • Hon. James T. Butts, Mayor, City of Inglewood
  • Hon. Michael A. “Mehaul” O’Leary, Council member, Culver City
  • Hon. Lee Baca, Sheriff, L.A. County
  • Hon. Jerome E. Horton, Chairman, California Board of Equalization
  • Hon. Holly J. Mitchell, Senate member
  • Hon. Rod Wright, Senate member


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Political offices
Preceded by
Holly Mitchell (D)
California State Assembly District 54
December 2013-Present
Succeeded by