Results for APA Candidates in County, Municipal Races

Following are more results for Asian Pacific American candidates in the June 5 California primary.

Los Angeles County

Assessor: Incumbent Jeffrey Prang received 352,217 votes (46.40 percent) and will face off in November with John “Lower Taxes” Loew (186,657, 24.59 percent). Sandy Sun was third with 150,121 (19.78 percent) and Krish Indra Kumar was fourth with 70,114 (9.24 percent). All three challengers are deputy assessors who stressed their experience as appraisers. Sun also pointed out that in 168 years, the county has never had a female assessor.

Superior Court, Office 16: Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Patricia (Patti) Hunter was first with 275,805 (38.61 percent), followed by Redondo Beach Senior Deputy City Prosecutor Sydne Jane Michel with 271,581 (38.02 percent) and Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Hubert S. Yun with 166,960 (23.37 percent). Yun, a gang murder prosecutor, pledged to “ensure that all parties get the highest quality of justice” and “ensure public safety.”


Tony Cho


Superior Court, Office 60: Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Tony J. Cho was first with 329,145 (45.95 percent), followed by attorney Holly Hancock with 263,365 (36.77 percent) and Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Ben Colella with 123,734 (17.28 percent). Cho, a board member of the Korean Prosecutors Association and the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association, pledged to “increase public confidence in the judicial system,” “provide equal access to the courts for all,” and “ensure all parties have a fair opportunity to be heard.”

Torrance City Council: In a six-way race for three seats, the top finishers were incumbent Tim Goodrich with 8,884 (21.40 percent), retired program manager George Chen with 7,814 (18.82 percent) and small business owner Aurelio Mattucci with 7,669 (18.47 percent). Also running were incumbent Kurt Weideman (7,002, 16.86 percent), businessman Bill Sutherland (6,728, 16.20 percent) and education event manager Jimmy Gow (3,424, 8.25 percent).


Sandra Chen Lau


Pasadena Area Community College District Governing Board, Area 1: Museum executive and nonprofit development consultant Sandra Chen Lau was first with 5,290 (59.05 percent), unseating incumbent Ross Selvidge (3,669, 40.95 percent). Chen Lau serves on the PCC Foundation Board, PCC’s Pacific Islander Advisory Council and Pasadena’s Northwest Commission, and is associate vice president of the Japanese American National Museum.

Noting that PCC has had six presidents in less than 10 years and was recently on academic probation, Chen Lau said her goals are to rebuild campus morale and stability, focus on success for all students, including returning veterans, and build for the future with a strong framework of fiscal responsibility.

Orange County

Board of Education, Trustee Area 2: ESL teacher and parent Mari Barke was first with 28,487 (40.03 percent), followed by incumbent David Boyd with 25,793 (36.25 percent) and education rights advocate Matt Nguyen with 16,877 (23.72 percent). A son of Vietnamese refugees, Nguyen has taught at Edison High School, UC Berkeley and Yale Law School.


Michelle Steel


Board of Supervisors, District 2: Incumbent Michelle Steel was in first place with 48,904 (63.44 percent), followed by aerospace business executive Brendon Perkins with 18,573 (24.09 percent) and small business owner Michael Mahony with 9,610 (12.47 percent). Born in South Korea, Steel served on the State Board of Equalization and was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2014. She was part of a delegation of Republican elected officials from California who recently visited the White House to discuss immigration policy with President Trump.

The district includes Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, and Stanton.


Lisa Bartlett