Incumbent Rich Gordon Leads in Race for Assembly District 24

Gordon is leading challenger Chengzhi "George" Yang in early returns.

Update 12:35 p.m.

Incumbent Assemblymember Rich Gordon leads challenger Chengzhi "George" Yang, with 68.7% of precincts reported (202 of 294):

  Gordon: 69.4% (67,008 votes)    Yang: 30.6%  (29,613 votes)


Update 11:35 p.m.

Incumbent Assemblymember Rich Gordon leads challenger Chengzhi "George" Yang, with 34.4% of precincts reported (101 of 294):

  Gordon: 69.0% (52,753 votes)    Yang: 31.00%  (23,697 votes)


Update 10:39 p.m.

Incumbent Assemblymember Rich Gordon leads challenger Chengzhi "George" Yang in latest update (with 29.6% of precincts reported):

  Gordon: 69.2% (51,497 votes)    Yang: 30.8%  (22,942 votes).


In the race for California Assembly District 24 (AD 24), first-term incumbent Rich Gordon (D) will challenge fellow Menlo Park resident Chengzhi "George" Yang (R).

The 63-year-old Gordon was the top vote-getter in the June primary, and, as the incumbent and former San Mateo County Supervisor, has wide name recognition.

According to Gordon’s campaign wesbsite, http://richgordon2012.com/about/, the Assemblyman was recognized as “Most Productive Legislator” with the highest percentage of bills signed into law of anyone in the Legislature (15 of 19 bills).

Gordon currently chairs the Assembly’s Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation and serves on the Budget, Health, Local Government, Joint Sunset Review, and Revenue & Taxation committees. He also co-chairs the Bay Area Caucus and is a member of the Environmental Caucus and LGBT caucus.

In his candidate statement, Gordon says his key issues are government reform, education, and the environment .

His challenger, Yang, 35, is a stay-at-home father who, according to a Palo Alto Online article, says he’s running for an Assembly seat because "as a father of two kids, I want them to inherit from us a California where the schools excel, UCs are affordable and the state budget is stable."

Yang lists the economy, jobs , education, and reform as the top issues he would tackle if elected.

In his candidate statement, Yang says, "I believe that the economy works best and that good jobs are created when there is a competitive market. I believe that this means the government cannot put up regulations that inhibit the growth of businesses, play favorites, or benefit certain industries."

Yang's prior civic experience was as chair of the San Bruno Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.

The two will face off on Tuesday to represent the newly formed Assembly District 24, which includes the communities of: Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, the San Mateo Coast (El Granada to the Santa Cruz County Line), Palo Alto , Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale.

The new district lines are the result of the Citizens Redistricting Commission’s August 2011 boundary changes based on population shifts that have taken place over the past decade.

Leaving Gordon's district are Los Gatos and parts of San Jose, which move into District 28, and San Carlos and Redwood City, which shift into District 22.

In AD-24, Democrats make up 47.6% of registered voters, Republicans 21.8%, and NPPs 27.3%.  

2010 Census Demographics for AD24

Asian Black Latino Citizen Voting Age Population  17.4%  4.5% 10.4% Total Population 25.4% 2.9% 20.1


202 of 294 Precincts Reporting    (100%)                                  
Votes      Percentage     California State Assembly Distict 24 Rich Gordon*, Democrat 67,008 69.4% Chengzhi "George" Yang, Republican  29,613
30.6% *indicates incumbent


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