Though official results are expected Dec. 4, Richard Bloom announced Wednesday he is on his way to Sacramento as the 50th Assembly District's newly elected representative. The latest tally has put Bloom ahead of Betsy Butler by 1,246 votes.
Butler had represented the 53rd Assembly District until recent redistricting. Bloom is currently the mayor of Santa Monica. Both candidates are Democrats.
"I look forward to working on the issues that matter to my constituents—education, jobs, the economy and protecting the environment," Bloom said in a statement. "I want to congratulate Ms. Butler on a spirited contest and send her my best wishes for future success."
Butler has not yet publicly conceded the race.
AD 50 consists of Santa Monica, Malibu, Brentwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Carthay Square, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Pacific Palisades, Topanga, a portion of the Santa Monica Mountains and Agoura Hills.