Bill Rosendahl and Flora Gil Krisiloff will face each other in a Tuesday, May 17th, runoff in Los Angeles City Council District 11 after neither candidate received 50 percent plus one vote in the Tuesday, March 8th, city primary, according to unofficial election results with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
MAYOR’S RACE — A runoff election will also be held for the City of Los Angeles mayor.
Runoff mayoral candidates are expected to be Antonio Villaraigosa and James Hahn or Bob Hertzberg.
Although more than 24,000 absentee ballots in the mayor’s race had not been counted by Wednesday morning, Hertzberg conceded during a 10:30 a.m. press conference Wednesday.
However, election officials said the runoff race between Hahn and Hertzberg was still too close for city election officials to call Wednesday afternoon.
LOW TURNOUT — Voter turnout in the 11th District primary was low.
Only 25 percent of 150,218 registered voters in the district cast ballots for any of the three primary City Council candidates.
“The low voter turnout may have been because this election was too soon after a national election in November,” Krisiloff said Wednesday morning.
“In the May runoff election, I think people will have more time and want to vote,” she said.
The 11th District includes the Westside communities of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Del Rey, Venice, Mar Vista, Brentwood, West Los Angeles and the Pacific Palisades.
CITY COUNCIL — In the Tuesday primary, Rosendahl received 46 percent of ballots cast, 16,751 votes.
“This is great that people spoke louder for me than the other candidates,” Rosendahl said.
“My campaign pulled in a cross section of voters, Democrats and Republicans.
“I’m glad we have ten more weeks to frame the issues and connect with voters,” he said.
His nearest opponent — Krisiloff — received 42 percent of ballots cast, 15,549 votes.
“I am very pleased with the results and to continue the chance to tell my story to people for two more months,” Krisiloff said.
“I am a grass-roots candidate with a 20-year track record of community service.
“Before the May runoff, more people will know me and vote for me,” she said.
Rosendahl is a former journalist, cable executive, visiting professor and current stakeholder in the Mar Vista Community Council.
Krisiloff is a former nurse, area planning commissioner and current founding president of the Brentwood Community Council.
Candidate Angela Reddock received 14 percent of votes cast — 5,172 — and will not be in the May 17th runoff.
Reddock is an attorney and current member of the City of Los Angeles Transportation Commission.
“I am disappointed that I didn’t make the runoff, but I am proud of the positive campaign my supporters and I had,” Reddock said.
“I plan to continue my activism in the 11th District and remain politically involved in community issues.”
One of those plans is to form a nonprofit organization called Agenda for a Better Los Angeles.
The organization would address the concerns that people who voted for her have, Reddock said.
She would focus on Westside issues such as Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), traffic and development before expanding to other issues facing the city.
“No decision has been made on whether I would endorse Rosendahl or Krisiloff,” Reddock said.
“So far, I only thought about my campaign to win the 11th District seat,” she said.
CITY MAYOR — In the mayor’s race, Villaraigosa, a current city councilmember, was leading since Tuesday night with 33 percent of ballots cast, 124,561 votes.
By Wednesday afternoon, Hahn had 24 percent of primary ballots cast, 89,189 votes, and Hertzberg had 22 percent of ballots cast, 83,420 votes.
City election officials said they did not want to call the race until more ballots had been counted.
The number of uncounted ballots is higher than the difference between the votes received by Hahn and Hertzberg.
OTHER RACES — City attorney Rocky Delgadillo was unopposed for re-election.
Los Angeles Unified School District Fourth District board of education member Marlene Canter also was not opposed for re-election.
City controller Laura Chick won re-election with 82 percent of the primary ballots cast, 243,062 votes.
Chick’s opponent, Mervin Evans, received 18 percent of the ballots cast, 54,413 votes.