2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

Complete coverage of the 2012 election

Block to Senate, Maienschein to Assembly

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012  |  Updated 9:11 AM PDT
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In state politics, voters cast their ballots in two important races shaping California's political future.

Democrat Marty Block, a four-year veteran of the State Assembly, appears headed for the State Senate, in the 39th District.

He said Democrats will be running the show in Sacramento, with a solid majority in both the State Senate, and Assembly.

"With two-thirds now in the Senate, and we're going to get close to two-thirds in the Assembly, I think we'll break the stalemate,” Block said. “I think with the logjam now broken, we can do some good things for California."

A local Republican appears headed for a seat in the State Assembly.

Brian Maienschein was in a commanding lead over Democrat Ruben Hernandez, in the 77th district late Tuesday.

Maienschein is a former San Diego City councilman, who says his bi-partisan work on State Route 56 and recovery efforts on the county's two massive wildfires, will serve him well, in Sacramento.

"I’ve been somebody who's worked well with democrats and Republicans. I'm not a big believer in labeling people and vilifying people, being an ideologue,” Maienschein said. “That's never something that I've done in my career, and don't intend to start now."

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In other state races, Shirley Weber defeated Mary England for the State Assembly seat in the 79th District, Democrat Toni Atkins prevailed over Republican Ralph Denney for the 78th District seat and Rocky Chavez was leading in the race for the 76th District seat when most San Diegans went to bed. 

Ben Hueso and Brian Jones will return to Sacramento to represent their respective districts and Escondido City Councilmember Marie Waldron will join them having earned the seat for the 75th District. 

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