Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) is the Democratic Party’s choice to represent La Cañada when Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D- La Cañada Flintridge) steps down at the end of 2012.
On Sunday, local Democratic Party delegates endorsed Gatto, who was unchallenged, for the redrawn 43rd Assembly District. Pasadena City Councilman Chris Holden got the nod over South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti as the party’s nominee for the new 41st Assembly District, which includes part of Portantino’s Pasadena turf.
Both districts have a higher number of registered Democrats than Republicans. The primary is June 5.
Portantino, who served on the La Cañada City Council for eight years before winning an Assembly seat in 2006, will be forced out of office by term limits at the end of 2012. Last week he announced he would not seek election to another office in 2012, though he had explored both a run for Congress and a challenge to state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge).