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O’Farrell leads by wide margin in Council District 13 voting results; Cedillo looks to avoid runoff as challengers await final tally [updated]

Updated at 7:54 am, Wednesday March 8

The polls have been closed for hours and the vast majority of votes tallied but the fight over Council District 1 is still not over – at least until the end of the week. Political newcomer Joe Bray-Ali, who came in second place with about 36% of the vote, said he would not concede to incumbent Gil Cedillo, who captured nearly 51% of the vote, according to preliminary result from the county clerk. That’s just barely enough to avoid a runoff but Bray-Ali said in a statement that he won’t concede as officials begin to tally  provisional, outstanding vote by mail, and write in votes. That process, he said in a statement, should be finished by the end of the week.

Bray-Ali was one of four candidates are running against Cedillo, a former state legislator and veteran of numerous campaigns, in the race to represent Council District 1, which includes all or portions of Angeleno Heights, Cypress Park, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington.

Meanwhile, in Council District 13,  incumbent Mitch O’Farrell had a much easier time. He was the top vote getter by far and won enough support to avoid a runoff, according to the preliminary tally. O’Farrell, who faced criticism over real estate development in the district, did see his share of the vote erode over the evening. But with all precincts reporting, O’Farrell garnered  60.38% of the vote – far ahead of his closest challenger, Sylvie Shain, who had nearly 14% of the vote. Jessica Salans was a close third with just over 13% of the vote.

Five candidates ran against O’Farrell in the race to represent Council District 13, which includes all or portions of Atwater Village, Echo Park, Elysian Heights, Elysian Valley and Silver Lake.

Source: LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Update at 1:09 am, Wednesday, March 8

First District Councilman Gil Cedillo looks like he will avoid a runoff election against rival Joe Bray-Ali  but by a very small margin. With 100% of the precincts reporting, Cedillo has 50.98% of the votes cast, according to preliminary results. He needed 50% to avoid a runoff. Bray-Ali had 36.13% of the vote.

Three candidates are running against Cedillo in the race to represent Council District 1, which includes all or portions of Angeleno Heights, Cypress Park, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington.

Update at 12:30 am, Wednesday, March 8

Incumbent Gil Cedillo of Council District 1 has seen his lead narrow as challenger Joe-Bray Ali has built up his share of votes late into the evening. In fact, Cedillo’s share of the vote fell below 50% at one point. If he fails to win 50% of the vote he will be forced into a runoff election. About 60% of the precincts have been counted.

Three candidates are running against Cedillo in the race to represent Council District 1, which includes all or portions of Angeleno Heights, Cypress Park, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington.

Update at 12:35 am, Wednesday, March 8


Council District 13 incumbent Mitch O’Farrell  remains far ahead of his rivals but his share of the votes has dropped slightly over the evening to about 61%.  More than 87% of the precincts have been counted.

Five candidates are running against incumbent O’Farrell in the race to represent Council District 13, which includes all or portions of Atwater Village, Echo Park, Elysian Heights, Elysian Valley and Silver Lake.

Update at 11:15 pm, Tuesday, March 7

The incumbents in the Council District 1 and Council District 13 races are leading late tonight but less than 30% of the precincts are reporting, according to the results posted at 11 p.m. by the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Council District 1

Incumbent Gil Cedillo has captured about 53% of the vote. That’s far ahead of second place challenger Joe Bray-Ali but Cedillo needs to win at least 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff.

Three candidates are running against Cedillo in the race to represent Council District 1, which includes all or portions of Angeleno Heights, Cypress Park, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington.

Council District 13

Incumbent Mitch O’Farrell is leading by a wide margin, with 66% of the vote so far. Five candidates are running against incumbent Mitch O’Farrell in the race to represent Council District 13, which includes all or portions of Atwater Village, Echo Park, Elysian Heights, Elysian Valley and Silver Lake.

  • Douglas Haines


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13 comments

  1. From now on, my subjects shall call me .1% Gil.

  2. The fat lady ain’t sung yet! They still got ballots to count in Norwalk and nobody conceded. Be on the lookout for hanging chads!

  3. Go Joe, GO! We need a future with SMART development and someone in tune with the environment!!! Fingers crossed Joe can pull ahead!

  4. The people have spoken no to bike lane joe and bike lanes on fig
    Victory again

    • Sadly, the bike people are whiny and entitled. They’ll be back. We must remain ever vigilant.

      • That you are not satisfied 99% of streets have no designated bicycle facilities whatsoever, says a lot more about you then it does about any other group.

        Heaven forbid public spaces, like streets, be designed to cater to people who would like to use that space differently than you in your car. Ever wonder why freeways are among the most congested areas and have no bike lanes… because bike lanes don’t cause congestion, people driving does.

        Keep fighting the good fight!

    • The big money corporate interests, apartment flippers and real estate developers like Geoff Palmer are all preemptively celebrating right along side you.

    • Mando Medina and/or Margarito Martinez:

      There are parts of the district that would be completely unaffected by bike lanes on Fig. If you think every Cedillo vote reflects opposition to bike lanes you are wrong. Also, You do realize that as of right now, 49.02% of people voted AGAINST Cedilllo. We’re talking basically a 50/50 split here. The people have spoken (well the few that decide to vote), and about half of them have said they didn’t like Cedillo’s 1st term in office.

      • They’re saying voter turnout yesterday was around 12% (of registered voters.) So we’re talking single digit approval rating for most of the candidates and issues. Truly depressing, no matter which candidate you’re rooting for.

  5. It’s a damn shame, but if Joe ever wants to be the CD1 Councilman he’s gonna have to pull a Tony Villar and change his name to Jose Brayaligosa. Joe is a good guy, and Gil is a useless career politician with NOTHING to run on, but Gil is in the right tribe for CD1. That’s that.

    • I dunno… 36% is pretty impressive for a first timer. Bernie Sanders ran for office 5 times (with single digit showings) before he was elected mayor of Burlington, VT. Let’s see how this shakes out with the mail in ballots. If Joe and the others can grab a percentage point or two from Cedillo, and force a runoff, it’s a whole new ball game.

  6. The Cardenas machine lives! Bwahahahaha!

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