By Brian Charles, SGVN
Posted: 10/16/2012 09:50:19 PM PDT
Updated: 10/17/2012 09:29:56 AM PDT

PASADENA – Tea Party darling Donna Lowe and longtime Pasadena Councilman Chris Holden are vying for the newly drawn 41st state Assembly seat this fall.

The match-up is a David and Goliath affair. Holden has the support of the local Democrats Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino and has raised $455,759.93 this year. Lowe is battling with a figurative sling shot. She is outgunned in terms of money, having only raised $127,548, and hopes to make up the ground by knocking on doors and targeting independent voters.

“We are out walking every weekend,” Lowe said. “We are knocking on doors and talking to voters face-to-face.”

Lowe’s hard sell is necessary in a race where Holden can also claim an advantage in terms of name recognition. And, as expected, the man who has been in elected office since 1989, is leveraging his experience to lure support.

Holden said his “record of 23 years of service” as a councilman should inspire voter confidence.

Both candidates find themselves on opposite sides of a political gulf that mirrors the differences across the vast Assembly district. Holden is a union-backed Democrat from west flank of the district in stately Pasadena. Lowe founded the Claremont Tea Party and hails from the eastern and more conservative reaches of the 41st Assembly District.

The divide between the two is obvious on issues like the Long Beach (710) Freeway.

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