New vote tallies released on June 21 revealed no lead changes in the June 7 Primary Election, but the margin of votes between some of the top candidates, particularly in Beverly Hills, remained razor-thin.
In the race for mayor of Los Angeles, Congresswoman Karen Bass widened her lead over developer Rick Caruso to 46,040 votes – or approximately five percentage points. The most recent tally shows Bass with 43.14% of the vote compared to Caruso’s 35.89%. Councilman Kevin de Leon remained in third-place with 7.78%. Because neither of the top two candidates received more the 50% of the vote, they will face each other in a runoff election on Nov. 8.
In the race for Beverly Hills City Council, which has three seats open, the margin between the first- and second-place candidates decreased significantly. Public Works Commissioner Sharona Nazarian is only trailing first-place candidate, incumbent Councilman Lester Friedman, by 15 votes. The new tally shows Friedman with 3,558 votes, or 18.63% of the vote, compared to Nazarian’s 3,543 votes, or 18.55%. Incumbent Councilman John Mirisch remained in third-place with 2,616 votes, or 13.70%.
Incumbent Councilman Robert Wunderlich is only 64 votes behind Mirisch. Wunderlich received 2,552 votes, or 13.36% of the vote in the new tally. The three candidates who receive the most votes when results are final will join the council.
Beverly Hills Measure TL, which will establish term limits for the City Council, still held a strong lead with 81.54% of the vote. Howard S. Fisher also held the lead for City Treasurer, with 62.16% of the vote compared to 28.49% for second-place candidate Jake Manaster, according to the new totals.
The vote counts in races for local Los Angeles City Council seats also changed with the new tallies – most significantly in the 13th District, where activist and union organizer Hugo Soto-Martinez widened his lead over incumbent Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. Soto-Martinez now has 19,122 votes, or 40.64%, compared to 14,895 votes for O’Farrell, who received 31.65%. They will likely face each other in a runoff election, as both are below the 50% threshold to win the primary election outright.
In the Los Angeles City Council’s 5th District, Katy Young Yaroslavsky remained in first-place with 27,949 votes, or 48.99%, compared to 16,918 votes for second-place candidate Sam Yebri, who garnered 29.65% of the vote. Unless Yaroslavsky passes the 50% threshold, she will face Yebri in a November runoff election.
Faisal M. Gill also remained in the lead in the race for Los Angeles city attorney, with 136,977 votes, or 24.23%. Candidate Hydee Feldstein Soto moved from third-place to second-place in the latest total with 112,597 votes, or 19.92%. Candidate Marina Torres remains close in third-place with 112,246 votes, or 19.85%. The top two candidates will head to a runoff in November.
The likely outcome of the race for Los Angeles City Controller remained unchanged, but the new vote totals showed Kenneth Mejia had 43.11% of votes compared to 23.67% received by Paul Koretz, who will be termed-out this year in his current position as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 5th District. Both will likely head to a runoff.
State Sen. Bob Hertzberg remained in the lead over West Hollywood Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath in the race for the 3rd District of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and they are still likely to face each other in November. The new totals showed Hertzberg with 31.09% of the vote, compared to 27.75% for Horvath.
Incumbent Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s lead over Long Beach Police Department Chief Robert Luna diminished slightly since the last vote totals were released on June 17. Villanueva now has 30.66% of the vote compared to 25.86% for Luna. They will likely face each other in a runoff election.
In the Los Angeles County Assessor’s race, incumbent Jeff Prang has 50.16% of votes compared to challenger Sandy Sun, who received 22.50% of the vote. If Prang finishes with more than 50% of the vote, he will win the election outright.
Candidates representing the local area in federal races received more than 50% of the vote and will face the candidate with the second highest number of votes in the November election. As of June 21, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) garnered 62.48% of the vote in the 30th Congressional District, and will face challenger G “Maebe A. Girl” Pudlo, who garnered 12.85%. U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) received 67.11% of the vote in the 36th Congressional District, and will face Republican Joe E. Collins III, who received 13.39% of votes. California Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) ran unopposed in the 24th District and received 164,901 votes in the tally released on June 21. Rick Chavez Zbur received 61.67% of the vote in California’s 51st Assembly District, and will now face second-place candidate Louis Abramson, who received 38.33%, in the race to succeed Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica).
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office revised the overall vote count on June 21 to 28.36% of registered voters casting ballots in the primary election election. Approximately 13,790 ballots must still be counted. The next and potentially final update on vote totals is expected on June 24.
For vote totals in all of the races in the June 7 Primary Election, visit lavote.gov.
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