Five candidates are vying for the newly redrawn 72nd Assembly District.
Though it's hard to call a frontrunner in the crowded local race, Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar is raking in high-profile Republican support.
Edgar, who was a registered Democrat until 2006, has gotten endorsements from a long list of conservative politicians, including Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen and Councilmen Devin Dwyer and Matthew Harper, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa), Sen. Tom Harman (R-Costa Mesa), Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.
Edgar, 45, who owns a construction company, is running against two Republicans and two Democrats.
He, along with Travis Allen, 38, who runs an investment company, and Long Pham, 61, a nuclear scientist for Southern California Edison and a member of the Orange County Board of Education, opposes tax hikes and is running on a platform of job creation and helping small businesses.