A politically-pedigreed Democrat, Josh Lowenthal, has announced his candidacy for the 72nd Assembly District, which is an open seat due to incumbent Assemblyman Travis Allen’s candidacy for Governor.
Lowenthal is the son of current Rep. Alan Lowenthal and former Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, both Democrats. His brother Daniel is a Superior Court judge.
Lowenthal issued a press release this week announcing his candidacy. Despite the fact he comes such a family of political candidates, Lowenthal resident positioned himself as an outside:
“I’m running for Assembly because our broken political system doesn’t need the same old answers from professional politicians.”
Lowenthal is president of www.FreeConferenceCall.com, which is used by nearly 800,000 customers around the world. He enters the race with instant credibility per his family pedigree, a touted $250,000 in donor commitments and savvy Democratic campaign consultant team in SG&A Campaigns (Parke Skelton, Steve Barkan and Mike Shimpocki).
Lowenthal is a resident of Huntington Beach, where he lives with his wife and three children.
AD72 is in northwest Orange County and comprises the communities of Westminster, Garden Grove, Seal Beach, Fountain Valley, Rossmoor, Los Alamitos and part of Huntington Beach. AD72 still had a Republican plurality, but the gap with the Democrats has been narrowing, in large part due to online voter registration drives massively funded by super-rich Democratic activist Tom Steyer:
The AD72 electorate skews older, and is about 22% Vietnamese.
The only other major candidate in the race is Westminster Vice Mayor Tyler Diep, a Republican and Vietnamese-American who has been endorsed by Assemblyman Allen and a slew of local elected officials and community leaders. He is also an elected member of the Midway City Sanitary District Board of Directors. Diep recently announced he had surpassed $350,000 cash-on-hand.
Both candidates will undoubtedly have more than sufficient financial resources. Despite coming from a prominent Long Beach political family, Lowenthal has little name ID in AD 72. This appears to be his first run for office, although he reportedly flirted in 2008 with running for the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education, on which his mother served for seven years.
Diep is serving his second term on the Westminster City Council, and his third term on the Midway City Sanitary District Board of Directors.