Los Angeles City Clerk employees ready computers and counting machines for a final tally March 26, 2013 in the municipal election held March 5.
Election workers tasked with prepping some 90,000 uncounted mail-in and provisional ballots cast in the March 5 Los Angeles City election posted final results shortly before midnight Tuesday.
In the First District, former state legislator Gil Cedillo fell short of a majority and is forced into a runoff against Jose Gardea, who got 43 percent. Gardea is chief of staff to outgoing Councilman Ed Reyes, who represents the northeastern part of Los Angeles.
Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield avoids a runoff with his 52 percent of the vote to represent the Third District in the San Fernando Valley. Businesswoman Joyce Pearson got nearly 20 percent election night, and said she wouldn't concede to Blumenfield until all ballots were counted.
In the northeast San Fernando Valley's Seventh District race Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes also held on to his 51 percent of the vote to win the seat without a runoff. Nicole Chase, development and marketing director at the Boys & Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley, was the runner-up in the final results.
The final vote count of mail-in and provisional ballots raised turnout to a still low 20-percent.