With nearly 100% of precincts reporting, Cedillo claimed 52.44% of votes cast compared to 47.55% for Gardea, according to results posted on the City Clerk website. The results of the finally still need to be certified before they become final.
The election for Council District 1, which is represented by termed-out Councilman Ed Reyes, has been marked by large amounts of independent expenditures, which are not limited by city rules, poured into the campaign by employee unions, billboard companies and business interests.
With the help of those independent expenditures, about twice as much money was spent in support of Cedillo, a former state assemblyman, than on Gardea, who now serves as Chief of Staff to Councilman Reyes, according to figures from city’s Ethics Commission. The most recent tally compiled by the City Ethics Commission showed that the Cedillo campaign and its allies spent more than $1.6 million compared to about $710,000 spent in support of the Gardea campaign.
While Gardea has won the support of many neighborhood activists by supporting many neighborhood causes, Cedillo won the backing of the political establishment and focused on the need to bring more jobs to the district.