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By David Fonseca
The close and increasingly contentious race for the 51st Assembly District between candidates Jimmy Gomez and Luis Lopez will be decided on Tuesday.
Voters will have to choose between two relative newcomers to represent the newly created 51st Assembly District, which comprises Highland Park, Mount Washington, Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Loz Feliz, Silvelake and several other Los Angeles communities.
Gomez and Lopez, both Democrats, earned the top two spots in June's primary election, forcing the Nov.6 runoff vote.
Lopez is currently director of corporate communications for AltaMed Health Services, a non-profit, federally qualified community health care provider with locations in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Gomez is currently the Political Director for the United Nurses Associations of California
In the run-up to the election, Gomez's campaign has touted his 13-percentage point win in the June primary as evidence that he was the preferred candidate among Angelenos.
Lopez has campaigned as the grassroots candidate, noting that the bulk of the $224,000 donated to his campaign has come from individual donors, as opposed to Gomez's largely union-funded $545,500 war chest.
In the final month of the campaign, Lopez has attempted to convince voters that Gomez could potentially be beholden to the National Rifle Association. Campaign finance records show that Gomez accepted a donation from Amador Dean Aguillen, a lobbyist with Ogilvy Government Relations, which has also represented the NRA.
Gomez's campaign has attempted to dismiss the NRA issue by characterizing it as a last ditch effort by Lopez to turn the race by paining their candidate in a negative light.
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