Sierra Madre's current respresentative in the state Assembly, Tim Donnelly, won't be representing the town starting next year, but will continue to have a seat in the Legislature.
Donnelly announced Wednesday morning he has won his bid to represent the newly drawn 33rd district over his opponent John Coffey.
"We have a difficult road ahead in California, and I am deeply honored and grateful to the citizens of the 33rd district who have entrusted me to represent them in the Assembly, I cannot thank those who have supported me enough,” Donnelly said through a written statement released just before 8:30 a.m. “Your generosity of time, resources and encouragement have been immeasurable. Thank you."
Assemblyman Donnelly received 60 percent of the vote to Coffey's 40 percent, according to his campaign. The assemblyman is a Tea Party favorite and won the seat for the 59th District in 2010.
“Over the last two years representing the 59th District, I have seen how California truly needs a fighter to stand up against big government, anti-business, and anti-family politicians. We care Californians, and I believe that together we can turn this state around. I hope you will join me; the fights starts anew today."
Donnelly will continue representing the 59th until the newly drawn district lines take effect in December. The 33rd district is made up of Mountain and high desert communities including Big Bear Lake, Newberry Springs and Barstow.