Mountain View Voice

News - June 8, 2012

Assembly race: Gordon, Yang to face off

by Renee Batti

The only question regarding the District 24 state Assembly election Tuesday was which of the three political novices in the race would run in November against Rich Gordon, a former San Mateo County supervisor and current first-term assemblyman. That person will be Republican Chengzhi "George" Yang.

With all precincts reporting, Gordon garnered 56.1 percent of the vote. Yang finished second with 29 percent of the vote.

Because of California's new primary rules, the top two vote-getters automatically advance to the general election in November.

Yang, 35, of Menlo Park, is a software engineer.

Also running were Joseph Antonelli Rosas, 22, of Sunnyvale, a network security adviser who has no party affiliation; and Geby Espinosa, 47, of Mountain View, a Democrat and a small business owner. They received about 4 percent and 10 percent of the vote, respectively.

Gordon, a Menlo Park resident, now represents District 21, which includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto, and Palo Alto. But with redistricting, the same area will become part of District 24. The district has been reshaped to encompass areas including Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and most of the San Mateo County coastside from El Granada south.

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