LOS ANGELES – Assemblywoman Tina Simone McKinnor was set for a Tuesday rematch with Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles in her bid to retain her 61st Assembly District seat after the two finished at the top of a June special election, but he has stopped campaigning and instead endorsed his would- be opponent.
“I’m extremely honored for the outpouring (of) support I received during my Assembly race,” Pullen-Miles tweeted recently. “It was such a pleasure meeting so many wonderful folks during the campaign trail. However, I wanted to let you know that I am not actively campaigning for State Assembly.”
His name will still appear on the ballot which may confuse voters as his photo is still listed on the Los Angeles County Democrat Party endorsement page.
McKinnor, a nonprofit director and businesswoman, bested Pullen-Miles in a June special election to fill the 62nd Assembly seat vacated by Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke.
That victory allowed her to fill the seat until Dec. 4, however, Pullen-Miles led McKinnor in votes for the full term for the new 61st Assembly seat which changed due to redistricting.
“I’m not taking anything for granted,” McKinnor told the Daily Breeze. “My campaign has hit the ground running again. We’re on the phones calling voters and we’ll walk every Saturday until Election Day. I want to make sure that I’m continuing to spread my values.”
Tuesday’s election will determine who will fill the seat for a full two-year term representing the district, which stretches from Venice on the north, Lawndale on the south, the unincorporated Westmont and West Athens areas on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west.
It also includes El Segundo, Hawthorne and Inglewood; the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Del Rey; and the unincorporated communities of Del Aire, Lennox and Marina del Rey.
McKinnor has pledged to support the extension of COVID-19 sick days and support for businesses “that are struggling to recover”; an “all hands on deck” approach to dealing with homelessness, including addressing rising rents, short-term rentals and the lack of affordable housing.
She also supports efforts to reduce the number of people who are incarcerated; “efforts to close illegal marijuana shops and to increase social equity and minority ownership of licensed cannabis businesses”; “funding that invests in new infrastructure that ensures equitable and sustainable development, housing near transit, public green spaces, broadband access, and EV charging stations”; single-payer health care and “state funding for career and technical education opportunities in state schools.”
Pullen-Miles, who was Burke’s district director, had received her endorsement. Burke has not publicly supported McKinnor after Pullen-Miles stopped campaigning.
2UrbanGirls contributed to this report.