Redwood City Mayor Giselle Hale closes the gap in the State Assembly race

SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. — Redwood City Mayor Giselle Hale closed the gap between her and Mark Gilham, who is currently running second in the run-off in November’s general election in the race for the 21st District seat of the Assembly.

As of Monday night, Hale was only ahead of Gilham by 516 votes, with around 42,000 ballots to process. The deficit was close to 1,800 around Election Day last week.

If Hale’s momentum continues, she would overtake Gilham and set up a matchup between two Democrats in the general election. If Gilham – a Republican – holds his own, Papan would likely have an easier road in November in a deeply blue neighborhood.

Papan leads the primary with 43.25% of the vote. Gilham has 19.70%, while Hale has 19%.

In a game of local political musical chairs, the seat is open after Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) announced he would not seek re-election and would instead run to represent the region in Congress, along with Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo). away from his seat after this year.

The redesigned district is similar to what was previously called the 22nd District, which stretches from southern San Francisco to eastern Palo Alto.

The changes mean a majority from the Peninsula will have new representation in both the state Assembly and Congress for the first time in more than a decade, as Mullin has held the seat since 2012.

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