Incumbent First District Councilman Gil Cedillo won the contentious runoff against cycling advocate Joe Bray-Ali based on unofficial results. With more than 100% of the precincts reporting, Cedillo claimed more than 70% of the vote, according to the the L.A. City Clerk.
During the runoff, the issues — from crime to gentrification and rising homelessness — were overshadowed by revelations about Bray-Ali’s online behavior as well as self-admitted personal and financial problems, which have undermined his campaign and cost him key endorsements from the L.A. Times. Meanwhile, Cedillo, the only City Council candidate who was forced into a runoff this year, had to deal with being characterized as an unpopular and indifferent councilman backed by billboard companies and big developers.
Cedillo, a veteran politician and former state lawmaker, dominated the fundraising race. Total contributions — for the primary and runoff campaign — amounted to about $135,000 for Bray-Ali and nearly $800,000 for Cedillo through May 10, according to the L.A. Ethics Commission. Independent expenditures made by individuals or groups not controlled by the campaign totaled about $78,000 for Bray-Ali and approximately $564,000 for Cedillo.
An estimated 97,653 residents of Council District 1 had registered to vote by March 1, according to the City Clerk. The First Council District (map) includes all or portions of Angeleno Heights, Cypress Park, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights and Mount Washington.
Based on the unofficial results, only about 12.8% of the registered voters cast ballots.
Cedillo will serve a 5-1/2 year term instead of the normal 4 years because of changes to the city election cycle.
Small gathering of volunteers — and lots of kids! — at the Huron Substation for the Bray-Ali campaign. pic.twitter.com/eiC1iYJ2Ed
— Emily Alpert Reyes (@LATimesemily) May 17, 2017
Here’s Cedillo dancing with a supporter at his party in Chinatown. He leads significantly in vote by mail ballots. pic.twitter.com/zIZfcwsojk
— Dakota Smith (@dakotacdsmith) May 17, 2017
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