A Los Angeles assemblyman who was previously running unopposed is now facing a stiff challenge from a write-in candidate who appears to be gathering steam.

The Los Angeles Daily News announced its endorsement yesterday of Angela Rupert, an immigration attorney and first-time candidate, over incumbent Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks).

Nazarian, a two-term legislator, won 99.6% of the votes in the June primary. But the Daily News says Rupert, who won just 131 write-in votes, “has the potential to be a better Assembly member” than Nazarian.

“After four years, we aren’t seeing big results,” wrote the newspaper’s editorial board, which endorsed Nazarian in his last two elections. “Nazarian still sounds less comfortable with confrontation than with negotiation and equivocal positions, and satisfied with incremental victories.”

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