Elections

Ortiz-Legg, Cunningham will face off for Assembly

Maria Kelly, left, talks to 35th District state Assembly candidate Dawn Ortiz-Legg about election returns Tuesday night in San Luis Obispo.
Maria Kelly, left, talks to 35th District state Assembly candidate Dawn Ortiz-Legg about election returns Tuesday night in San Luis Obispo. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Democrat Dawn Ortiz-Legg will face off against Republican Jordan Cunningham in the race to succeed termed-out Republican Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian.

Ortiz-Legg received 44.9 percent of the vote, followed by Cunningham’s 37.3 percent in the battle for the 35th District Assembly seat, according to unofficial results from the California Secretary of State.

Trailing the frontrunners were Republican Steve LeBard with 14.8 percent and Libertarian Dominic Rubini with 3 percent.

California held its presidential primary on Tuesday, June 7, with a range of offices up for grabs. Here's who SLO County voters chose, and who will have to move on to the November general election.

In the open primary, the top two vote-getters move on to the Nov. 8 general election. Cunningham and Ortiz-Legg, both political newcomers from San Luis Obispo County who have campaigned extensively and gained numerous endorsements, were expected to easily secure the necessary votes to advance to the fall campaign.

The district encompasses all of San Luis Obispo County and a portion of western Santa Barbara County.

Cunningham, 38, is an attorney and a member of the Templeton Unified School District Board of Trustees; Ortiz-Legg, 56, is a public affairs and construction liaison with First Solar and NRG Energy; LeBard, 65, owns LeBard’s Computer Center in Santa Maria; and Rubini, 27, is a farmer in Shandon.

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