Newman trumps Chang for Senate

Angela Yang, Asst. News Editor

Despite remaining too close to call on Election Day, the results of the November election for California state Senate have now rolled in, with Democrat Josh Newman edging out Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang for the victory.

Although Chang was in the lead by a narrow margin on Nov. 8, former Sen. Bob Huff was finally succeeded by Newman as final results were called by the Associated Press on Nov. 28.

Although Chang won in Orange and San Bernardino counties, Newman defeated her in Los Angeles County.

Chang’s loss, by less than 3,000 votes,  presents a new obstacle for District of Choice supporters.

Chang was an avid supporter of the bill during her campaign and had promised to continue the work of Huff if she were to be elected to office.

In an informative session on Oct. 22, Chang said she would have to be elected to “continue carrying the torch” previously held by Huff.

According to Walnut Valley Unified School District Superintendent Robert Taylor, Chang had planned to contact Assembly colleagues to expedite the process of creating a new bill.

Although Chang was the more heavily supported candidate among District of Choice advocates, Newman, according to staffers, has also expressed his support for the issue.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon issued a statement on Newman’s win. “He will bring bold ideas, independent thinking and boundless energy to our Caucus and our State Capitol,” he said.