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Ballot Box: Closure coming soon to Council District 1 primary

Gil Cedillo (left) and Jose Gardea

Did former state legislator Gil Cedillo win enough votes in the March 5 municipal election to become councilman of the 1st District? Or will he be forced into a runoff election with challenger Jose Gardea?  Those questions will be answered early next week as the City Clerk prepares to finish the official review or canvass of the ballots.  Cedillo garnered the most votes during the  municipal election, but, according to the unofficial tally, fell just short of garnering 50% of the ballots to avoid a runoff  with second-place finisher Gardea (the unofficial results showed that 49.37% of 13,393 ballots were cast in favor of Cedillo).  With thousands of provisional, mail-in and damaged ballots to be analyzed and counted, there is still a chance that Cedillo might end up with the necessary 50% to win the race to replace termed-out Councilman Ed Reyes.

A final tally of all outstanding ballots will be conducted on Tuesday, March 26 beginning at 8 a.m. “Following the final tally, the City Clerk will certify the results and prepare a report for the City Council to declare the results,” according to a City Clerk press release. “The City Council is expected to schedule the report on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.”

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  1. Interesting. Hope Gil wins! Don’t vote for another 12 years of “do nothing, Ed Reyes” with his employee “no way, Jose”!! Vote for change. Vote for Gil.

  2. Interesting. Hope Gil wins! Don’t vote for another 12 years of “do nothing, Ed Reyes” with his employee “no way, Jose”!! Vote for change. Vote for Gil.

  3. Cedillo represents the State carpetbaggers that will cement their presence in our City Council here in LA. Jerry Brown supports one bill Gil for that connection alone. There is a lot at stake by bringing a corporate sponsored candidate into a local office. Chevron, billboard companies, Metro 710 advocates, CalTrans(Labor), the Spanish tunnel company Brigados that wants the 710 project, he will advocate for State Tax measures on behalf of Sacramento. He is not the candidate that should be leading CD1.

  4. Cedillo represents the State carpetbaggers that will cement their presence in our City Council here in LA. Jerry Brown supports one bill Gil for that connection alone. There is a lot at stake by bringing a corporate sponsored candidate into a local office. Chevron, billboard companies, Metro 710 advocates, CalTrans(Labor), the Spanish tunnel company Brigados that wants the 710 project, he will advocate for State Tax measures on behalf of Sacramento. He is not the candidate that should be leading CD1.

  5. Here is the other side of the coin. “No way, Jose” has done nothing to improve our community working for “do nothing, Ed Reyes. There is no alternative but to vote for Gil Cedillo. Our community can not afford another 12 years of “do nothing, Ed Reyes” with his employee, “no way, Jose”.

  6. Here is the other side of the coin. “No way, Jose” has done nothing to improve our community working for “do nothing, Ed Reyes. There is no alternative but to vote for Gil Cedillo. Our community can not afford another 12 years of “do nothing, Ed Reyes” with his employee, “no way, Jose”.

  7. Jose Gardea on the other hand has worked with the community at large AND gets things done. He fully supports those that bring him ideas and solutions especially improvements that can make a difference. Jose is proactive and motivated to work with the community. Cedillo is just bad news for Los Angeles. Chevron gave him $80,000 toward his campaign and the Metro Staff people that are salivating st the thought of him in City Council. Gil’s record in Sacramento is enough to dissuade people to vote for Gardea.

  8. Jose Gardea on the other hand has worked with the community at large AND gets things done. He fully supports those that bring him ideas and solutions especially improvements that can make a difference. Jose is proactive and motivated to work with the community. Cedillo is just bad news for Los Angeles. Chevron gave him $80,000 toward his campaign and the Metro Staff people that are salivating st the thought of him in City Council. Gil’s record in Sacramento is enough to dissuade people to vote for Gardea.

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