- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Assemblyman Isadore Hall was sworn in Wednesday to represent the state Senate’s 35th district, after capturing the seat in a special election following former Sen. Rod Wright’s resignation.

Hall, a Democrat, took the oath of office from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kelvin Filer. He said in a statement he was grateful for the support of voters in the southern Los Angeles County district, which stretches from Inglewood to the Port of Los Angeles.

“I am more determined than ever to continue focusing on local neighborhood quality of life issues: creating more good jobs, improving our schools, expanding access to health care, and keeping our communities safe,” he said.

Wright, also a Democrat, resigned rather than face possible expulsion after he was sentenced to 90 days in jail on convictions of perjury and voter fraud for lying about where he lived when he ran for office. He is appealing.

With all precincts reporting, Hall, of Compton, had 55 percent of the votes. His closest rival in the four-candidate field, Republican businessman James Spencer, had 26 percent.

Turnout was minuscule in the heavily Latino and Democratic district - only about 6 percent. An unknown number of provisional and vote-by-mail ballots remained to be counted but were unlikely to drop Hall below the simple majority needed to avoid a runoff with Spencer in February.

Hall served three terms in the Assembly.

He spent about $640,000 on his campaign to complete the final two years of Wright’s term, far more than any other candidates.

He also lined up a raft of endorsements, including those of the California Democratic Party, California Teachers Association and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, and from a host of elected leaders including Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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