Los Angeles California general election Districts Date 2017 Results
Los Angeles California general election Districts 1 and 2 Date 2017 : 16 May 2017
The city of Los Angeles, California, will hold a general election for Districts 1 and 7 on its city council on May 16, 2017. The general election for these seats is necessary after no candidate in those races won a majority (50 percent plus one) of the primary votes cast on March 7, 2017. Results reporting in these races can take several days as a significant portion of ballots are cast by mail. Initial outcomes reported here may change as results are finalized.
District 1 Councilman Gilbert Cedillo came short of winning his seat in the primary. Cedillo is facing Joe Bray-Ali in the general election. District 7 Councilman Felipe Fuentes left the seat in 2016 to become a lobbyist. Council President and District 10 member Herb Wesson Jr. has been overseeing the district during the vacancy. Twenty candidates filed to fill the open seat. Monica Rodriguez and Karo Torossian advanced from the primary to the general election.
The primary election determined the winners in six other city council races and three community college board races, as well as races for mayor, city attorney, and city controller. Mayor Eric Garcetti defeated a field of 10 challengers to win a second term. Only one incumbent, Board of Trustees Seat No. 6 Member Nancy Pearlman, was defeated in the primary. Incumbents won all the remaining races in the primary. The community college board does not have a majority vote requirement, so the March election served as a general election for those three seats.
Campaign finance is in the forefront of this election in light of recent efforts by the council and citizen groups to limit the influence property developers have in city government through political contribution restrictions. Winners in this election cycle will join the rest of the city's government in dealing with local issues, such as budget shortfalls and a potential city charter change to increase civilian roles in police disciplinary hearings. The victors will also see entanglements with national politics over the matter of immigration.
This election is the first impacted by Charter Amendment 1. Passed in March 2015, the amendment shifted city elections to even-numbered years beginning in 2020. As a result, officials elected in 2017 will win special five-and-a-half year terms ending in 2022.
The filing deadline for candidates to run in this election was December 7, 2016. The Los Angeles city clerk certified the lists of candidates in the section below on December 16, 2016.