Nury Martinez wins LA City Council seat

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Former Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member Nury Martinez defeated former Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez in Tuesday's special election to fill the Sixth District Los Angeles City Council seat. (File photo: Nury Martinez).

Former Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member Nury Martinez has defeated former Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez in the special election to fill the Los Angeles Sixth District City Council seat.

Turnout was 10.2 percent. Martinez will become the only woman on the 15-member L.A. City Council.

Martinez and Montanez were seeking to replace Tony Cardenas, who resigned in January to take the seat in the House of Representatives he was elected to in November. 

Montanez and Martinez were the top two vote-getters in the May 21 primary election, but neither obtained the more than 50 percent needed to win the seat outright, setting the stage for Tuesday's special election.      

Martinez will represent  a district that includes Arleta, Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Panorama City, North Hills East, Sun Valley and portions of North Hollywood.     

Like Montanez, Martinez had been a member of the San Fernando City Council. She was a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education from 2009 through June 30 and executive director of Pacoima Beautiful, an environmental justice and health nonprofit organization.

Martinez touted her experience serving in public office and leading a nonprofit organization and said she will cut through politics to bring more city services to San Fernando Valley residents.

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