Assemblyman Steven Bradford has ended his campaign to fill the state Senate vacancy created by the resignation of former state Sen. Rod Wright, making Assemblyman Isadore Hall the strong favorite in a December special primary election.
In a statement Sunday night, Bradford, D-Gardena, said he had “decided to forgo my intended run for the state senate” and endorse Hall, D-Compton.
“I offer my support to my colleague Isadore Hall and wish him great success in his campaign for the 35th State Senate District. I look forward to continuing to build on the work that we have done together that has helped to move California forward,” said Bradford, 54.
Bradford, elected in a 2009 special election, has to leave office next month because of term limits. The former public affairs executive at Southern California Edison has been chairman of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee.
Wright resigned from the Senate last month. Gov. Jerry Brown called a Feb. 10 special election, with a Dec. 9 special primary election in the heavily Democratic 35th Senate District. Any candidate that receives 50 percent of the vote plus one in December wins the seat outright.
The candidate filing deadline is Friday. As of Monday, Hall and four other candidates – one Republican and three Democrats – were at various stages of the candidate filing process.
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