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Jordan Cunningham takes the 35th District 

The California Assembly’s historically Republican leaning 35th District stayed in Republican hands—at least according to initial and unofficial vote counts posted on the SLO County clerk-recorder’s website. Jordan Cunningham defeated Democratic opponent Dawn Ortiz-Legg to take the seat, which represents San Luis Obispo County and part of Santa Barbara County.

Voters picked Cunningham with 54 percent of the vote, compared to Ortiz-Legg’s 46 percent. He will be replacing two-term Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, who did not have enough votes to move from the primary into the general election.

Cunningham has previously worked as a SLO County deputy district attorney and later established the Templeton-based Cunningham Law Group; he also has a seat on the Templeton Unified School District board of trustees. His main goals are to push for desalination as a solution to some of the Central Coast’s water issues, advocate for career and technical education at the high school level, and improve the small business climate.

Both candidates ran a costly campaign relying heavily on mailers and campaign literature. Aside from television and radio advertising, Cunningham spent $113,402 this year between January and late September. During the same months Ortiz-Legg spent $27,765. 

Neither candidate returned requests for comment. 

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