But to be successful in deep blue California, the business community must do more than elect Republicans to the Legislature, so much effort remains focused on electing moderate pro-business Democrats when the opportunity arises.

Races that featured two Democrats competing for open Assembly seats because of the state’s top-two primary system also turned out well for the business community.

  • Elk Grove City Councilman Jim Cooper won in the Sacramento-based 9th Assembly District;
  • Richmond City Councilman Tony Thurmond won in the 15th Assembly District; and
  • San Francisco County Supervisor David Chu won in the 17th Assembly District.

Democrats Bill Dodd in the 4th Assembly District and Autumn Burke in the 62nd Assembly District, both priorities for the business community in June, finished the campaign with large victories over their Republican opponents.

Democratic runoffs in Senate districts produced two new business-backed freshmen: Assemblymember Richard Pan in the Sacramento-based 6th Senate District, and Santa Monica School Board member Ben Allen in the West Los Angeles 26th Senate District.

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