Bermudez has spent $767,272, while Calderon has spent $691,903. The other two races are for Bermudez’s and Calderon’s seats. In the 56th Assembly District – the seat now held by Bermudez – Artesia Councilman Tony Mendoza has spent $391,343; Artesia Councilwoman Sally Flowers, $215,126; and Norwalk Councilman Rick Ramirez, $203,483. In the 58th Assembly District – the office now held by Calderon – his brother, former state Sen. Charles Calderon of Whittier, has spent $284,929; Pico Rivera Councilman David Armenta, $137,979; Whittier Councilman Owen Newcomer, $125,395; and Montebello school board member Geri Guzman, $54,961. With all this spending, voters should be more informed, Heldman said. “It’s interesting to see a race where all the candidates have raised enough money to run a real campaign,” she said. REPUBLICAN MEETING: Tom Del Beccaro, publisher of PoliticalVanguard.com, the online news and commentary magazine, will speak at a 7:30 a.m. Friday meeting of the Southeast chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Club. The event will be held at Geezer’s Restaurant, 12120Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations, write to: LACLC, 6055 E. Washington Blvd., Suite 228, Commerce, or contact Peter Bylsma, at (323) 215-4500 or [email protected] BIOLA DAY: Paul and Judith Rood, professors at Biola University in La Mirada, will speak at the 11 a.m. Friday meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated. Paul Rood teaches political philosophy, comparative politics and international relations. His wife, Judith, is associate professor of history and Middle Eastern studies. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. The business meeting begins at 11 a.m. For reservations, call Maybe Hendricks, (562)696-3345. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2It’s no surprise that so much money is being spent, said Caroline Heldman, assistant professor of political science at Whittier College. One reason is term limits, Heldman said. “It’s much more difficult to move up in the political system because of term limits,” she said. “You’re limited in the number of years when a seat opens up. When it does, you have to really jump for it.” This year, the 30th state Senate District Office now held by Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, opened up because of term limits. And Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, and Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, are dumping tons of money into the race. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. With only 10 days until the election, you can expect lots of mail, signs all over and maybe some phone calls. It’s not coming at a cheap price. There are nine candidates in three contested Democratic primaries that overlap each other in the Whittier area. Together they have spent nearly $2.9 million.