AD-45: Carroll and Dababneh fight for progressive support

Special Election for heavily Democratic district draws many candidates

by Brian Leubitz

In a free for all electoral scrum, you never know who is going to come out with the ball. That’s the case with AD-45, where Los Angeles voters will go to the polls in a Sept. 17 election to replace Bob Blumenfield.  The lines are not splitting very cleanly, as the two frontrunners, Damian Carroll and Matt Dababneh split the two biggest endorsements so far:

Over the weekend, the state Democratic Party endorsed Matt Dababneh, district director to Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks. But earlier, the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley decided to endorse Damian Carroll, who worked for three years as district director for Councilman Paul Krekorian. (LADN)

Now, much of these endorsements comes down to packing the respective organizations, and to a lesser degree grassroots organization. The latter tends to show up more on election night, though. Expect a run-off to ultimately decide this one though.