AD 39: Veteran politician, political aide make it to runoff

City Councilman Richard Alarcon

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L.A City Councilman Richard Alarcon advanced to the November runoff in the race for the Assembly's 39th District. He will face Raul Bocanegra.

A veteran politician was one step closer to returning to state office today, after voters put him into the November runoff opposite the chief of staff to the office's incumbent.

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon received 27 percent of the vote in yesterday's primary for the 39th District. Raul Bocanegra, chief of staff to Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, led the race with 36.5 percent of the vote. The two men, both Democrats, will face each other in the Nov. 6 election.

Alarcon was elected to the seat in November of 2006 and served for 102 days before returning to the L.A. City Council thanks to a change in term limits.

Returns for the other candidates running for the seat were:

  • Ricardo A. Benitez, 15.6 percent

  • Omar Cuevas, 8.1 percent

  • John Paul Lindbald, 7.5 percent

  • Margie Margarita Carranza, 5.3 percent
  • Alarcon and Bocanegra have openly feuded during the campaign. Alarcon is facing 18 felonies for allegedly living outside of his city council district. A judge threw out the case earlier this month, saying prosecutors failed to present the Grand Jury with evidence that was in Alarcon's favor. The district attorney refiled the case the same day. Alarcon has pleaded not guilty.

    Bocanegra was knocked by the Alarcon campaign for using his position as a council aide to secure an interest-free city loan, which he used to purchase a condominium in a Pacoima development back in 2005. At the time, Bocanegra was an aide to then-Councilman Alex Padilla and helped push the development through the approvals process.

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