Gil Cedillo beat key rival Jose Gardea in Council District 1 race while Mitch O’Farrell emerged with a narrow victory over John Choi in the Council District 13 election, according to the unofficial results of Tuesday’s election. However, since none of the top vote getters won more than 50% of the vote they will have to compete in a May 21 runoff election.
In the Council District 1 election, former State Senator Cedillo garnered 49.37% of the vote compared to 43.28% for Gardea, who is seeking to replace his boss, Ed Reyes, as 1st District Councilman, according to the unofficial results posted on the City Clerk’s website. In the crowded contest for Council District 13, where a dozen candidates were seeking to replace termed-out Eric Garcetti, the campaign for O’Farrell, a former Garcetti staff member, won 18.44% of the vote compared to 16.47% for former Public Works Commissioner John Choi.
An estimated $3 million was spent on campaigns in both council districts. Meanwhile, in the mayor race, Garcetti, a Silver Lake resident, lead in the voting with 33% ballots cast and will face second-place finisher Wendy Greuel in the May runoff. . Garcetti was scheduled to kick off his runoff campaign today at the former Van de Kamps bakery in Glassell Park.
Mayoral candidate Emanuel Pleitez, who grew up in El Sereno, came in at fifth place with 4.1% of the vote.
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