Florez concedes Assembly race to Gilmore

Florez concedes Assembly race to Gilmore
Fran Florez, photo from www.franflorez.com
Fran Florez has conceded her race for the California State Assembly to opponent Danny Gilmore.

Florez, a Democrat and Shafter city councilwoman, yielded her effort for the 30th District seat on Tuesday with the California Secretary of State's Web site showing Republican Gilmore holding 51.1 percent of the vote.

The Associated Press had declared Gilmore the winner within hours of the Nov. 4 election, but the close race kept Florez from conceding sooner. The Secretary of State's Web site showed Gilmore with 42,282 votes and Florez with 40,552 votes.

Gilmore lost a 2006 bid for the Assembly to Nicole Parra, D-Hanford. Parra caused some controversy when she supported Gilmore, a retired Highway Patrol officer, to succeed her in the 30th District. Florez is the mother of Parra's bitter rival, state Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter.

"I look forward to another opportunity to serve in the near future," Fran Florez said in a news release announcing her concession. "Just as my opponent, Danny Gilmore, didn't let his narrow loss deter him from seeking office again, neither will I as the 2010 elections come near."