By T.A. Hendrickson
Correction: This article has been corrected to state that the top two candidates in the race for State Assembly both advance to the general election. An earlier version incorrectly stated that a candidate could win the race outright by getting more than 50% of the vote in the primary.
The latest update of the primary vote count in L.A. County shows some interesting shifts in the tallies for local races. Final results won’t be available for days or even weeks as a surge of ballots mailed in at the last minute are counted. But here’s the tally as of Tuesday, June 14 at 4 p.m.
Los Angeles City Council
Gilbert “Gil” Cedillo, the two-term councilmember for much of Highland Park, Glassell Park and other parts of Council District 1, has slipped into second place behind his challenger, Eunisses Hernandez, a policy advocate and community organizer. In the latest update, Cedillo has 49.35% of the primary vote and Hernandez has 50.65%.
In a city council race, a candidate who wins more than half of the primary vote is elected without a runoff. A runoff is required only when no one candidate receives more than half of the primary votes in the primary.
Mitch O’Farrell, the incumbent councilmember for Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Atwater Village and other parts of CD 13, is headed to a runoff against challenger Hugo Soto-Martinez, a labor organizer. The latest tally in the five-way race shows O’Farrell’s early lead slipping. He now has 33.8% of the primary vote while Soto-Martinez has 38.5%.
Kevin de León, councilmember for CD 14, did not advance in his bid to become the next mayor of L.A., placing a distant third to U.S. Congressmember Karen Bass and real estate developer Rick Caruso. De León’s first term as councilmember for CD 14 runs until Dec. 9, 2024. Term limits allow for three terms.
Although CD 14 has not proved at this juncture to be the stepping stone to higher office that De León apparently thought it could be, it remains the most prominent of the city’s 15 council districts and, as such, a valuable perch on the way to other public offices.
Los Angeles Unified School District
Rocío Rivas, a policy deputy for LAUSD Board Member Jackie Goldberg and a former president of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, is leading in a four-way race for an open seat to represent Board District 2, which includes Highland Park, Montecito Heights and other Eastside communities. With 42.1% of the vote in the latest tally, Rivas will face a runoff election in November against Maria Brenes, an executive of an educational nonprofit active on the Eastside, who has 30.9% of the vote as of the latest count.
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Hilda Solis, the supervisor for Northeast L.A. and other parts of L.A. County in the 1st Supervisor District, has a commanding lead in a five-race race, with 74.8% of the vote.
Incumbent Wendy Carrillo, whose Assembly District 52 includes NELA, has 50.3% of the primary vote in the latest tally, a narrower lead than in earlier tallies. Carrillo’s nearest competitor in the three-way race, Mia Livas Porter, has 36.3% of the vote. The top two candidates in the primary will compete in the general election.
Incumbent Maria Elena Durazo, ran unopposed to represent NELA and other parts of Senate District 26 – and won!
U.S. House of Representatives
In federal races, the top two vote getters in the primary advance to the general election. In Congressional District 34, which includes NELA, incumbent Jimmy Gomez has 50.7% of the primary vote in the latest tally and will compete in the general election against David Kim, a lawyer and community activist, who has 37% of the primary vote.
Meanwhile, in Glendale…..
Northeast Los Angeles has a stake in the Glendale City Council elections because decisions by Glendale will determine the fate of the Scholl Canyon landfill in the hills above Eagle Rock. Glendale Water and Power wants to build a biogas power plant at the site, a proposal that is staunchly opposed by environmentalists in Glendale and Eagle Rock. In the latest vote tally, candidates with strong pro-environmental views –incumbent Dan Brotman and non-incumbent Elen Asatryan – were in the lead to claim two of three at-large seats, though only Brotman’s lead seems untouchable at this point.