Today’s updates on the 62nd Assembly race. A meet and great with candidate Gloria D. Gray and folks are lambasting Autumn Burke’s recent applications to a couple of important civic groups. **Editors note, below is an excerpt from Betty Pleasant’s weekly Soulvine column in the Los Angeles Wave Newspaper**
GLORIA GRAY FOR 62nd A.D. — The following is the third paragraph of Gloria Gray’s seven-paragraph biography presented here so her fitness to hold the 62nd Assembly District seat can be compared with the one paragraph rendering of the qualifications of the other candidate, Autumn Burke, what-you-may-call-it’s daughter.
Several readers sent The Soulvine copies of letters they received from Burke, the other candidate in this race who is supported by people who are either close friends of her mother, former Supervisor Yvonne Burke, or who are beholden to the elder Burke for their political status — which is a subject we’ll explore thoroughly at another date. However, Burke detractors take issue with the contents of the letter they received. After noting that Burke claims in her letter to be “an active member of the Los Angeles African-American Women Political Action Committee (LAAAWPAC) and the New Frontier Democratic Club,” an in-the-know recipient said: “She is not a member of the New Frontier Democratic Club, as she just applied for membership and it does not become effective until January 2014. Consequentially, she has not been involved with us in any way. And the same goes for her alleged involvement with LAAAWPAC, which she just joined less than 90 days ago. She has not been involved with either organization, both of which were instrumental in the Garcetti campaign.” There is some public consternation about Burke’s employment claims, which we’ll discuss later — after more research is conducted.
IT’S SEBASTIAN RIDLEY-THOMAS TIME! — This 54th Assembly District candidate kicked much “bootay” in Culver City Monday night at his first debate with the two other fellows vying for that seat. He was the only one who appeared to know what he was talking about on all the topics presented to the candidates. He’s an erudite young man who obviously reads a lot.
Ridley-Thomas’ campaign office will open at 5444 Crenshaw Blvd., suite 100 on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. So there’s plenty of time to go to his opening and then go to Gray’s meet-and-greet. Also, California Attorney General Kamala Harris will be a special guest at Mary Louise Oates and Bob Shrum’s event in support of Ridley-Thomas scheduled for Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at 850 S. Beverly Glen.
Ridley-Thomas roped in this week the endorsements of the SEIU California, which represents more than 700,000 workers throughout the state. In addition, he was endorsed by the United Firefighters of Los Angeles city, the California Department of Forestry Firefighters and the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters.
Read the full Soulvine by clicking here.