Councilmember Neal Raises Over $100,000 For State Assembly Run; Officially Announces Campaign for Seat

After three months of silence on whether he would officially be running for a State Assembly seat next year, 9th District Councilmember Steve Neal has announced he will be seeking a seat in the 64th Assembly District after raising more than $100,000 for his campaign.

“I want to say thank you to the residents of Assembly District 64 and all of the people who have already joined our grassroots campaign,” said Neal in a statement. “I am proud to have received such a groundswell of support and encouragement from so many hard working Californians who have decided to stand with me early in this campaign.”

The figure was raised in the past eight weeks with much of it garnered before the June 30 financial filing deadline. Neal said that the majority of the $94,000 claimed on the June 30 reports came from within his city council district, where he was first elected to his current position in 2010. The remaining amount that pushed him over six figures came from July contributions. 

Neal told the Press-Telegram back in April that he would run for either the assembly or his council seat and not both in order to avoid triggering a costly mid-year election. However, he remains the only person to file paperwork to run for the 9th District seat. 

California’s 64th Assembly District includes portions of Long Beach and Lynwood, Carson, Compton, Rancho Dominguez, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Harbor Gateway, Watts, Willowbrook, and Wilmington. The seat will be vacant next year when nicumbent Isadore Hall, D-Compton, becomes termed out.

“As Assemblymember for the 64th District, I will be a strong and progressive voice for those I seek to represent,” Neal said, “I will continue to work collaboratively with all District stakeholders to enrich and build each of our vibrant and distinct communities.”

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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