D — Candidate for State Assembly, 45th District
Jesse Gabriel, a Democrat, is running in a special election for an open seat in the California State Assembly from the 45th District, which covers part of Los Angeles County and a tiny portion of Ventura County. The district includes Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Canoga Park, Encino, Northridge, West Hills, Woodland Hills and Tarzana. The district is vacant because Matt Dababneh resigned due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
Jesse grew up in Los Angeles, attended UC Berkeley where he served as President of the Associated Students of the University of California, then graduated from Harvard Law School. After law school, Jesse served as Counsel and Senior Advisor to United States Senator Evan Bayh. Presently Jesse works as a litigator for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he practices with the firm’s Litigation Department and its Public Policy Practice Group. Jesse also serves on the Los Angeles County Local Government Services, the Board of the L.A. League of Conservation Voters, and the Jewish Federation of Greater L.A.
In the legislature, Jesse will be a strong advocate for the environment and fiscal responsibility. He understands the importance of controlling budget problems to protect core services, especially higher education, and the dire fiscal challenges faced by school districts, especially in his hometown of Los Angeles, as well as the importance of charter schools. Jesse also understands California’s housing challenges and is concerned about California’s increased use of solitary confinement in state prisons and growing per-prisoner expenditure. Deeply knowledgeable about a wide range of policy issues and with a temperament that will serve him well in the legislature, Jesse will appeal to both the progressive and moderate factions in the Assembly, giving him legislative influence.
Party Registration in AD45 is 48.8% Democratic, 22.5% Republican, and 23.9% No Party Preference/Decline To State, a safe Democratic seat with a sizeable Republican population that is a good fit for a reasonable Democrat like Jesse. He faces a crowded field but has been able to get most of the strong opponents out of the race and develop a strong advantage in early fundraising and support. Jesse will be a strong advocate for citizens in the legislature and his victory in the primary would send a strong message. With our support Jesse should prevail.