Isaac Bryan Declares Victory In 54th Assembly Race

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“My name is Isaac Bryan, but my friends call me Mr. Assemblymember-elect”. And with those words Bryan declared himself as the winner of the 54th District seat in the California Assembly.

Backing him up was 50.78% of the final vote tally representing 21,388 ballots in his favor as recorded by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office. Just enough to avoid a runoff with Heather Hutt, who came in a distant second to Bryan with 24.90% and 10,489 votes.

The special election—held May 18— was called to fill the seat vacated by Sydney Kamlager, who was elected to fill the Senate seat vacated by now Supervisor Holly Mitchell. Both Mitchell and Kamlager were among a host of elected officials backing Bryan in his bid, including Councilmembers Mark Ridley-Thomas, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Curren Price, and Congresswoman Karen Bass.

“Can’t wait to have you up here on the green carpet @CABlackCaucus,” Kamlager tweeted as those among the first to call and congratulate Bryan, included Governor Gavin Newsom.

Cheryl Turner finished third with 9.63% of the vote, followed by political consultant Dallas Fowler (7.66%); Bernard Senter (3.95%) and Samuel Morales (3.08%).

“The community put me on this ballot and the work isn’t mine alone to claim,” stated Bryan, who is the founding director of the UCLA Black Policy Project, a multi-issue policy initiative that has informed legislation at all levels of government.



“This campaign, like Measure J and so many policy changes before, is a labor of love. I feel like we have a real chance to do something special.” 

Bryan has said that his first legislative action would be to ensure an equitable COVID-19 response. 

“I will seize opportunities to use the state’s multibillion dollar surplus to allocate additional funds for COVID relief to the most impacted communities — particularly those, like black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses, that have been overlooked by Federal relief programs,” he said. 


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