Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times by Dakota Smith on May 17, 2017.
Los Angeles voters picked seasoned political veterans in Tuesday’s election, reelecting City Councilman Gil Cedillo and electing Monica Rodriguez to the City Council in races that saw a flood of spending by labor groups.
Cedillo trounced bike advocate Joe Bray-Ali, easily winning with 70.8% of the vote in his Pico-Union-to-Highland Park district seat, according to unofficial city results.
Rodriguez won 52.9% of the vote, beating Karo Torossian for the vacant San Fernando Valley District 7 seat, which includes Pacoima, Sylmar and Sunland-Tujunga.
Torossian didn’t concede Wednesday. His spokesman, Eric Hacopian, said the campaign is waiting to find out how many outstanding ballots are left to count.
Cedillo and Rodriguez were both helped by labor spending in the election, and their respective wins confirm that the 15-member City Council — which has just one registered Republican — will remain dominated by progressive Democrats.
A committee led by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which represents about 600,000 workers, spent about $300,000 helping Cedillo’s 1st District campaign, according to the latest fundraising filings. …