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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ballot Box: How much was your vote worth? Prices vary

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The $3 million spent on Tuesday’s Council District 1 and Council District 13 elections  did not exactly trigger a flood of voting. In the Council District 1 race, former State Senator Gil Cedillo took first place with 6,113 votes, according to the unofficial tally from the City Clerk. But those votes did not come cheap.  An estimated $765,858 was spent on behalf of Cedillo in the form of campaign spending and independent expenditures, according to the most recent figures compiled by the city’s Ethics Commission.  That works out to $115.81 per vote. In contrast, second-place candidate Jose Gardea spent $69.25 for his 5,797 votes.

But spending lavishly per voter does not always make you a winner.

In the Council District 13 race,  the 3,158 votes cast in favor of Public Works Commissioner John Choi each cost about $183.38, which includes spending and campaign expenditures. Choi, however, ended up in second place behind  Mitch O’Farrell, a former city council staffer, whose cost-per-voter only totaled $40.09.

Who ended up paying the most per vote? It looks like that dubious honor goes to Council District 13 candidate Emile Mack, whose $182,000 in campaign expenses generated only 672 votes.  That works out to $271.39 per vote.

Click on the link below to find how the cost-per-vote for some of the council candidates

Council District 1 Cost Per Voter*

Gill Cedillo
$115.81

Jose Gardea
$69.25

Council District 13 Cost Per Voter*

Emile Mack
$271.39

Jose Sigala
$195.00

Matt Szabo
$159.98

Alexander Cruz de Ocampo
$158.95

Josh Post
$53.92

Sam Kbushyan
$43.89

* Based on the most recent figures compiled by the city Ethics Commission and City Clerk. The figures are subject to change as reports are updated.

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  1. Where is Jan Perry, and Garcetti?

  2. I’m waiting for the Gardea/Cedillo and O’Farrell/Choi debates.

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