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|California State Assembly District 54|
|December 13, 2013 - Present|
|December 4, 2016|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||December 3, 2013|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||12 years|
|Bachelor's||Sociology, Morehouse College|
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Ridley-Thomas served on the following committees:
|California Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Banking and Finance|
|• Elections and Redistricting, Chair|
|• Water, Parks and Wildlife|
Ridley-Thomas's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- 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."
- 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."
Elections for the office of California State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was 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 defeated Ratcliff in the general election.
|California State Assembly, District 54, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Sebastian Mark Ridley Thomas Incumbent||79.1%||66,082|
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.
|California State Assembly, District 54, Special Election, 2013|
|Democratic||Christopher R. Armenta||35.7%||8,270|
In 2014, Ridley-Thomas's endorsements included the following:
- 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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- Legislators are scored on their votes on "bills related to due process, privacy rights, equal protection, and criminal justice."
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
- Candidates for office were scored on their responses to a survey "on whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns."
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
- Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
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- California State Legislature
- California State Assembly
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- Profile from the California State Assembly
- Official campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- sridleythomas.com, "About Sebastian," accessed September 23, 2014
- sridleythomas.com, "Issues," accessed September 23, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 27, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed July 15, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed December 14, 2014
- latimes.com, "Jerry Brown calls Dec. 3 election for vacant L.A.-area Assembly seat," September 30, 2013
- sos.ca.gov, California Secretary of State - Official Candidate List
- fresnobee.com, "Ridley-Thomas wins race for Calif. Assembly seat," December 3, 2013
- California Secretary of State, "Official election results," accessed December 19, 2013
- sridleythomas.com, "Endorsements," accessed September 23, 2014
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Holly Mitchell (D)
|California State Assembly District 54
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