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Clear field for Ferial Masry's fourth run?

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UCLA Prof. Ernest Morrell has announced on his Facebook page that he has abandoned plans to run for the Democratic nomination in the 37th Assembly District -- a development that likely means schoolteacher and Saudi Arabian immigrant Ferial Masry will now have a clear field in the primary to become the party's nomination for the fourth straight time.

Another candidate who had expressed an interest, Pleasant Valley School District Trustee Warren Harwood now intends to run for county treasurer instead.

The district is believed to be potentially competitive by strategists from both parties. The seat will be open, as incumbent Audra Strickland is termed out. And although Republicans enjoy a 5 percentage point advantage among registered voters, Strickland beat Masry by only 4 points in 2008.

This time, Masry's likely opponent will be Republican Jeff Gorell, an attorney and former county prosecutor. As with Masry, it appears that Gorell will be uncontested in his party's primary.

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Ferial's chances this time should be much better since she is no longer running against a Republican machine financed incumbent. She had been previously blocked by David Hare and she beat him 3 to one. She had made this position attractive and now Dems are clamoring for a chance to run for it also. If she wins this seat, it will be a major victory for the Democrats and Independents and Republicans who don't think like sheep. Ferial is for inclusion, why can't folks understand that?

We have been watching Ferial Masry's campaign for a few years, originally saw it on DemocracyNow! Why doesn't the Democratic Party come early and help Linda Jones, Carole Lutness and Ferial Masry if they wanted the Super Majority?
These were great candidates with great solutions.

In college we were told the blessing of the "California Target Book", is suppose to be a "thumbs up" from the Big Boys who pour over the facts, the figures and the practicality for a living. Maybe the Party will make up the difference this time for Ferial Masry. Four times, wow! She'd like a Duracell battery.

How many times does Ferial Masry have to lose before the Democrats realize that she doesn't have what it takes? She will suffer an embarrassing loss again (for the fourth straight time) and Jeff Gorell, who will have all the money and big name support behind him, will win this election hands down.

It seems like the Democrats just don't know how to field good candidates and their organization in this County being in a shambles is a big part of the reason. With the latest flap between Jill Martinez and Brian Leshon for the Central Committee leadership, it is apparent that they can't even get their act together for one of the most fundamental organizational issues (electing their officers).

Too bad, Republicans win another one!

The People lost by electing Audra Strickland. Audra Strickland has the worst record in the State Assembly in it's history.

I think Jeff Gorell is the result of his college professor's dogma and he is continuing that cycle of intellectual abuse as a teacher.

The People lost by electing Audra Strickland. Audra Strickland has the worst record in the State Assembly in it's history.

I think Jeff Gorell is the result of his college professor's dogma and he is continuing that cycle of intellectual abuse as a teacher.

Too bad good candidates do not come forward So Ferial was born in Saudi Arabia and since women are mistreated there we need to give her a seat here What has she done in the community besides run /give speeches? She is a high school teacher with almost no business, finance experience
The time b4 last the Dems did por money into her campaign There is a reason that people who know her do not support her We need a better candidate this time

Too bad good candidates do not come forward So Ferial was born in Saudi Arabia and since women are mistreated there we need to give her a seat here What has she done in the community besides run /give speeches? She is a high school teacher with almost no business, finance experience
The time b4 last the Dems did por money into her campaign There is a reason that people who know her do not support her We need a better candidate this time


Jeff Gorell has a corrupt VCRCC curly hair between the teeth teabagger mentality that's a real turn off for the voters. I will enjoy watching him lose.

Oh, suck it, Nobody!!!

There is a reason Ferial keeps getting the shot, any substantial Dem who could put up a major fight isn't going to run in such a conservative district.

People say that the district is within 3-4 points, with Reps just ahead of Dems. That translates into a 10 point advantage because Dems are lazier voters... Sorry, it's just a fact.

I can't understand why Ferial keeps throwing her name out there. If she had been close once, I would understand, but that's not the case here. The best the Dems can hope for is that the census redraw of the district brings us even or a little ahead to make it an interesting seat. State Dems were interested in taking on this seat this year, but all of the people who could be competitive decided to pass because of the highly conservative slant of the district.

Final problem is DTS and Independent voters in this district lean right so you need to be a moderate/conservative Democrat to have a shot. Would that person make it through a Democratic primary?

Good luck Ferial, but against a handsome, moderate, military teacher for the Republican candidate this game is over.

Random question: I am just starting my blog, but how did you start gaining readership? was it just natural? I mean how did people start finding you?

Democratic candidates have run against Ferial and she either beats them out, they withdraw, or fell out of the race. And you blame her? This is not her fault! But does speak volumes to her determination and leadership to motivate voters into believing in her. If you check the numbers more than Democrats voted for her. Don't Democrats have guts and respect for someone that cares about representation or only in democratic only areas?

Now that Ferial is an American citizen she knows how women can be discriminated against not have the opportunity to walk or run in shorts or pedal pushers in public, drive a car alone, walk down the street alone, and then finding that the only reason American women don't vote is because they don't want to? We take so much for granted in the US

Even her opponent Gorell said she was an inspiration . . .

It's really Embarrassing that any of us allow for Extremist Foreign Political Characters on our soil right after years of hatred towards our nation. The US should step out of the UN and teach these types of extremists our thoughts of there riduculous ideology. Qaddafi, Ahmadinejad, Chavez, and more have far to long been made welcome to this particular Sacred and Exceptional country. I only say Enough is enough, Close up our doors to those Hateful Bastards and Say Never again to the U.N. Leave, your NOT nor have never been made welcome.

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