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SYBERT, SHERMAN TO VIE FOR HOUSE : ASSEMBLY MEMBERS ROGAN, BOLAND WIN.

Byline: Tony Knight Daily News Staff Writer

Calabasas businessman Rich Sybert won the GOP primary in the 24th Congressional District on Tuesday and will face Democrat Brad Sherman in the general election for the seat being vacated by House veteran Tony Beilenson, D-Woodland Hills.

The race has attracted national attention because of the chance of the district, which stretches from Van Nuys to Thousand Oaks, swinging to the Republican side as Beilenson retires after 20 years in the House.

In other closely watched races, Assemblyman James E. Rogan easily won the GOP nomination for the 27th Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Carlos Moorhead, R-Pasadena.

Pasadena typesetter Doug Kahn eked out a victory over actor Barry Gordon by the narrow margin of 51 percent to 49 percent in the Democratic primary in the 27th District.

And Assemblywoman Paula Boland garnered 35 percent of the vote to win the GOP nomination in the 21st state Senate District, besting a field of four with a 10-point lead over second-place Wilbert L. Smith.

``Look, we won the race,'' Boland said. ``We won it with a 10 percent differential. We told the people who we were, what we've already accomplished, what we want to do, and that was the message that prevailed by a pretty convincing margin.''

Democrat Adam Schiff was unopposed in that district's Democratic primary.

In the 24th Congressional District, Sybert - who narrowly lost to Beilenson in a 1994 bid for the west San Fernando Valley district - captured 67 percent of the vote to outdistance GOP challengers Kyo ``Paul'' Jhin and Stephen Brecht.

``I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing,'' Sybert said of his campaign. ``I'm going to meet people. I'm going to tell them where I stand. And hopefully, I'm going to convince them that I should be the congressman to represent this district.''

Sherman, a member of the state Board of Election who was endorsed by Beilenson and both Sens. Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, bested a field of seven Democrats by garnering 53 percent of the vote.

He said he was encouraged by the turnout of Democratic voters in the district, who outnumbered Republicans by nearly 2,900.

``I'm quite happy that Democrats went to the poll when they didn't have an interesting presidential race,'' Sherman said, adding that he will try to paint Sybert as a Newt Gingrich ally.

``He signed Newt Gingrich's `Contract with America' with a flourish and brought him out here to campaign for him in 1994 and now he can't spell the name Gingrich,'' Sherman said.

Sybert said a vote for Sherman would be a vote for business as usual.

``If he is the nominee and people elect him, it's just going to be more partisan politics,'' Sybert said. ``I think if people want somebody who can talk to both sides and get things done, then I'll win.''

In other congressional races, veteran Rep. Howard Berman won the Democratic primary in the 26th District, which covers the east San Fernando Valley. Sherman Oaks accountant Bill Glass won the GOP primary in the district in his third campaign for the nomination.

GOP Rep. Howard ``Buck'' McKeon garnered 84 percent of the vote to win his primary in the 25th Congressional District, which stretches from the Antelope Valley to Northridge. Democrat Diane Trautman was unopposed in her primary.

In the 29th Congressional District, which extends from West Los Angeles into parts of Studio City and Sherman Oaks, veteran Rep. Henry Waxman won the Democratic primary unopposed, while Westwood advertising executive Paul Stepanek scored a convincing victory over Hollywood attorney Nathan Boatner in the GOP primary in that district.

In other state Senate races, William ``Pete'' Knight garnered 46 percent of the votes to win the GOP nomination in the 17th District, besting a challenge by Phil Wyman, who received 39 percent of the vote in the Antelope Valley district.

Knight will be facing Victorville tax preparer Steven Figueroa, who ran unopposed in the Democratic race for the nomination.
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