The Latest | Southern California breaking news and trends
Crime & Justice

Lancaster mayoral candidate gets Tasered, loses election

David Grajeda
David Grajeda

It’s been a tough race for David Grajeda, who had hoped to become mayor of Lancaster if only to be allowed back into City Hall.

Instead, two nights before Tuesday’s election, he wound up getting Tasered by his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend outside a Palmdale movie theater. After that he was taken to the hospital, then arrested for violating a domestic violence restraining order.

Grajeda, 26, is no stranger to restraining orders. According to the LA Daily News, he was barred outright from Lancaster City Hall after being arrested in October for disrupting a commission meeting. Grajeda was a frequent speaker at government meetings (i.e. gadfly) who city leaders didn’t trust.

“We view him as a threat,” the incumbent mayor, R. Rex Parris, told the Daily News.

Grajeda, undeterred, has said he was running in order to win back the right to enter City Hall, and to show other citizens that anybody can run for mayor.

Anybody can also follow their girlfriend, who they’re still in love with even though she doesn’t want to them anymore, as she goes out on a date with her new boyfriend, then confront them both and threaten the boyfriend, who reaches inside his car for a Taser and gives one last chance, but not back down, and ultimately get zapped with 50,000 volts.

So who won the election? The local Antelope Valley Press reports today that it was no surprise: Parris won reelection, “soundly defeating a trio of challengers who were underdogs from the start.”

Here's a video of the Lancaster commission meeting Grajeda disrupted last October ("How am I supposed to act rational?!"). He is scheduled to receive a jury trial, facing charges stemming from this meeting, later this month, according to the Antelope Valley Times.