LA Elections

Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks reacts to 'official' re-election victory

The Los Angeles City Clerk’s office made it official today - Bernard Parks has won re-election to the L.A. City Council. He avoided a runoff with just more than 51 percent of the vote.

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Los Angeles City Council District 2 - Winner: Paul Krekorian

Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Councilman

Democrat Paul Krekorian was elected to Los Angeles' second City Council district in 2009. Krekorian is running for re-election.


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Los Angeles City Council District 4 - Winner: Tom LaBonge

Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles City Councilman

Tom LaBonge has served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council representing the Fourth District since 2001, taking over the position after the death of John Ferraro. LaBonge is running for re-election.


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Los Angeles City Council District 6 - Winner: Tony Cardenas

Tony Cardenas, Los Angeles City Councilman

Tony Cardenas has served in politics for 15 years, first as a three-term state assemblyman and now as a Los Angeles city councilman. Cardenas is running for re-election.


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Los Angeles City Council District 8 - Winner: Bernard Parks

Bernard C. Parks, Los Angeles City Councilman

Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks is serving his second term in the 8th District. Parks is running for re-election.


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Los Angeles City Council District 10 - Winner: Herb Wesson

Herb J. Wesson, Jr., Los Angeles City Councilman

Herb J. Wesson, Jr. currently serves as a Los Angeles city councilman, representing the 10th District. Wesson is running for re-election.


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Los Angeles City Council District 12 - Winner: Mitchell Englander

Mitchell Englander, policeman/Los Angeles City Council deputy

Mitchell Englander has served as the chief of staff to Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith. Englander is running to replace Smith on the City Council, District 12; Smith is retiring.


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Los Angeles City Council District 14 - Winner: Jose Huizar

Jose Huizar, Los Angeles City Councilman

Jose Huizar, 42, was elected to the Los Angeles City Council’s 14th District in 2005. Huizar is running for re-election.


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Los Angeles Unified School District

Board of Education District 1 - Winner: Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte

Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, educator/school board member

Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte was elected to represent District 1 of the LAUSD Board in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007. LaMotte is running for her third term.


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Board of Education District 3 - Winner: Tamar Galatzan

Tamar Galatzan, prosecutor/school board member

Tamar Galatzan was elected in May 2007 as the 3rd District representative to the LAUSD Board of Education. Galatzan is running for re-election.


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Board of Education District 5 - Sanchez wins plurality, but likely faces runoff against Kayser

Bennett Kayser, teacher

Bennett Kayser was a Los Angeles Unified School District middle school science and health teacher for 14 years. Kayser represented the 13th City Council District on the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission, which worked on rewriting L.A.'s constitution. Kayser is running for the LAUSD School Board, District 5, where current board member Yolie Flores has decided not to run for re-election.


Luis Sánchez, educator/parent

Luis Sánchez is a former city commissioner and serves as the chief of staff to Los Angeles Unified School Board President Monica Garcia. Sánchez, 35, is hoping to succeed Yolie Flores on the LAUSD School Board, District 5; Flores previously announced she would not seek a second four-year term.


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Board of Education District 7 - Winner: Richard Vladovic

Richard A. Vladovic, school board member

On July 3, 2007 Richard Vladovic was sworn in as a school boardmember for the Los Angeles Unified School District, District 7. Vladovic is running for re-election.


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Los Angeles Community College District

Board of Trustees, Seat No. 1 - Winner: Mona Field

Mona Field, community college professor

Mona Field was first elected to the Los Angeles Community College District Board in 1999 and reelected in 2003 and 2007. She was elected by her colleagues to serve as the president of the Board of Trustees in 2004 and in 2009. She is running for re-election to the board.


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Board of Trustees, Seat No. 3 - Winner: Steven Veres

Steven Veres, community college teacher

Steve Veres was elected to a four-year term on the San Fernando City Council in March 2003 and re-elected in 2007.


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Board of Trustees, Seat No. 5 - Vonkin wins plurality, but likely faces runoff

Manuel "Manny" Aldana, Jr., neighborhood council board member

Manuel Aldana, Jr. is a board member of the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council.


Mark Lee, neighborhood council board member

Mark Lee is a neighborhood council boardmember.


Lydia A. Gutierrez, teacher/neighborhood council board member

Lydia Gutiérrez presently serves as an elected board member on the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council. She chairs the public safety committee.


Scott Svonkin, school board member

Scott Svonkin is a school board member, former businessman and long-time community activist.


Nicole Michelle Chase, youth advocate/consultant

Nicole Michelle Chase is a youth advocate and development and marketing consultant.


Octavio Pescador, university professor

Octavio Pescador is a university professor who has taught education and social sciences at numerous institutions domestically and internationally including Cal State LA and the University of Southern California.


Pamela R. Bolin, treasurer, neighborhood council

In March 2010, Pamela R. Bolin was elected to the Northridge West Neighborhood Council and appointed treasurer.


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Board of Trustees, Seat No. 7 - Winner: Miguel Santiago

Miguel Santiago, community college board member

Miguel Santiago was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District on March 26, 2008 and was sworn in on April 9, 2008. He was elected to the Board the following year during the 2009 primary election.


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City of Bell

Full term member of the City Council - Winners: Saleh, Valencia, Alvarez

Ali Saleh, small business owner - Winner

Ali Saleh was born and raised and still lives in the city of Bell. He is running in the general municipal election to become a full term member of the City Council of the city of Bell.


Violeta Alvarez, Social Services Worker - Winner

Violeta Alvarez, 44, works as a social service worker for Los Angeles County where she works to ensure that people who seek government services are eligible. Alvarez is running in the general municipal election to be a full term member of the City Council of the city of Bell.


Nestor Enrique Valencia, health care administrator - Winner

Nestor Enrique Valencia has been a member of the Bell community for more than 30 years. Valencia is running in the general municipal election to be a full term member of the City Council of the city of Bell.


Special Vacancy Election - short term member of the City Council - Winner: Ana Maria Quintana

Ana Maria Quintana, attorney/organizer

Ana Maria Quintana, 35, graduated from Yale University with a degree in American studies and a masterís degree in economics from the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. Quintana is running for the special vacancy election to succeed Luis Artiga.


Candidate to succeed Teresa Jacobo, who voters chose to recall - Winner: Danny Harber

Danny Harber, retired

Danny Harber, 66, has lived in the city of Bell for 38 years. Harber retired from the baking industry after 35 years. Harber is running to succeed Teresa Jacobo if Jacobo is recalled.


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Links to Los Angeles City Measures

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KPCC's LA Municipal Election Coverage

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