Watson Wins Dixon’s U.S. House Seat
Former state Sen. Diane Watson (D) "sailed to victory" last night in the race for the congressional seat left vacant after the death of Rep. Julian Dixon (D), capturing 75% of the vote, the Los Angeles Times reports. After beating Democrats state Sen. Kevin Murray and Los Angeles City Council member Nate Holden in the April primary, Watson was "virtually assured of victory" in the House race. Watson defeated Noel Irwin Hentschel (R), Green Party candidate Donna Warren and Reform Party candidate Ezola Foster in yesterday's vote (Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 6/6). During the campaign, Watson criticized Hentschel for circulating a "graphic" flier denouncing Watson for sponsoring three bills in the state Senate that would have authorized the creation of needle-exchange programs in an effort to stem the spread of HIV (California Healthline, 5/31).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.