L.A. City Council Special Election Ends in a Runoff

Former L.A. City Council aide John Lee, a Republican, and physicist-educator Loraine Lundquist, a Democrat, will head to a runoff for the L.A. City Council District 12 seat in August. It was a predictable outcome for a primary that attracted 15 candidates. Lee received 6,195 votes (19.17%) and Lundquist 6,145 (19.01%) on Tuesday.

See the full election results here.

The District 12 seat was vacated by Mitch Englander in December. He was the Council’s only registered Republican. Democrats are hoping to get an ideological ally in his place.

District 12 encompasses Chatsworth, North Hills, Northridge, Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Sherwood Forest, and West Hills. Top issues in the race include homelessness and ongoing fallout from the Aliso Canyon gas leak.

Tuesday’s election also saw the defeat of Measure EE which would have imposed a 16-cent-per-square-foot parcel tax on homes in the L.A. Unified School District.

Tune in next week for more June 4 election coverage.