The South Bay Labor Council and its legions were out in full force in the lobby of the swank California Theater for political siblings Xavier and Nora Campos. Familiar faces sampled the fancy spread of sesame chicken, quiche, brie and fruit while watching results roll in around a large computer screen mounted by the entrance.
At 10:30pm, the mood was celebratory, despite the fact that what once seemed like a safe dynastic succession had turned into a November runoff and some candidates, like Forest Williams, fared worse than expected.
Xavier Campos, the only District 5 candidate not holding his election night celebration on the East Side, was all smiles when he pulled ahead with 36.7 percent of the vote. Nora, the winner over long-shot Patricia Martinez-Roach, couldn’t help but keep repeating the word “excited” numerous times when chatting to Metro about winning her lopsided battle to represent Assembly District 23 in Sacramento.