District leans Democratic, but no guarantees

Nearly 1 million people live in the state’s 27th Senate District, which includes Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Simi Valley. Approximately 40 percent of the area’s 518,000 voters are registered Democratic and 32 percent are Republican.

The 27th District was redrawn in 2011 to also include Malibu, the western San Fernando Valley and a small portion of the Santa Clarita Valley. The L.A. County portion of the district leans Democratic while Ventura County is more Republican.

Democratic state Sen. Fran Pavley terms out in November. Five Democrats and one Republican will compete in the June 7 primary election, and the top two vote-getters will advance to the fall general election.

The contenders are Republican Steve Fazio and Democrats Shawn Bayliss, Janice Kamenir-Reznik, Henry Stern, George Christopher Thomas and David Pollock.

Upcoming candidate forums:

Thurs., April 21, 6:30 p.m. The Democratic Club of Moorpark will host a forum for Democratic candidates at the Meridian Hills Clubhouse, 6801 Breezy Glen Drive, Moorpark.

Tues., May 3, 7 p.m. All candidates are invited to the Thousand Oaks City Council chambers, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. The forum is hosted by the Ventura County League of Women Voters.

Thurs., May 12, 11:30 a.m. Pierce College and UCLA host a debate in the Great Hall at the Woodland Hills campus.

Tues., May 17, 11:45 a.m. A forum hosted by the Encino Chamber of Commerce will take place at 16821 Burbank Blvd. in Encino.

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