Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman.HAND-IN: 8-1-07
Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman. HAND-IN: 8-1-07
Democrat Gregg D. Fritchle, a social worker who finished last when he ran for Walnut City Council, is trying to unseat Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman in the 55th Assembly District.

Hagman, of Chino Hills, currently represents the 60th Assembly District. During the redistricting process, he was redrawn into the 55th Assembly District.

The new 55th is similar to the 60th, spanning parts of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties and including the cities of Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar, Walnut and Chino Hills.

Hagman said he will continue to fight against excessive taxes and burdensome regulations.

"Job creation and economic recovery need to be the top priority," he said.

Democrat Gregg Fritchle is challenging Republican incumbent Curt Hagman in the race for the 55th Assembly District. (courtesy photo)
Democrat Gregg Fritchle is challenging Republican incumbent Curt Hagman in the race for the 55th Assembly District. (courtesy photo)

Fritchle, who made two unsuccessful runs for the Walnut City Council in the early 2000s, said the state needs realistic solutions to address its deficit, including a severance tax for oil drilling.

"(Hagman) is basically walking in lockstep with all the other legislators in his party saying we are not going to let any tax increase on anybody," Fritchle said. "But what he doesn't tell anybody in California is there are really some gross inequities in parts of the tax system."

Political observers don't give Fritchle much hope.

Allan Hoffenblum, a former GOP political consultant and publisher of the "California Target Book," a nonpartisan guide that handicaps the different races, called it a safe Republican seat.


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"(Fritchle) is a social worker who ran for Walnut City Council and came in last of eight candidates with 3 percent of the vote," Hoffenblum said.

The district is 41 percent Republican, 31 percent Democratic and 23 percent no party preference.

Hagman reported campaign contributions of $229,790 and expenditures of $156,482 for the period from Jan. 1 to Sept.30.

Fritchle had not reported contributions or expenditures under the most recent campaign finance reports.

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