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LA City Council District 6 Headed for Runoff Election

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LA City Council District 6’s special election occurred last week and will likely lead to a runoff. Although the final count is expected to take a few more days, Imelda Padilla and Marisa Alcaraz are the top two vote-getters as of today. 

The seat became available following former City Council President Nury Martinez’s resignation last fall. 

Runoff Election

Imelda Padilla and Marisa Alcaraz are the most likely candidates to advance to the general election in just a few months. So, who are they? 

Padilla is a community activist who has served on various initiatives and job positions in Los Angeles County. Her top priorities are: 

  • Homelessness
  • Public Safety 
  • Economic Development 
  • Built Environment 
  • Parks & Rec
  • Libraries 
  • Youth Programs 

Alcaraz is the deputy chief of staff for City Councilman Curren Price and has advocated for several policies in Los Angeles as a member of his team. Her top priorities are: 

  • Homelessness 
  • Affordable Housing 
  • Public Safety 
  • The Environment 
  • Higher Paying Jobs 
  • Better City Services 
  • Reforming City Hall 

Special interest groups were well-invested in this race, spending nearly $300,000 on candidates. Most of that money went to Padilla and Alcaraz. 

Despite more votes expected to be counted in the coming days, it will be an uphill battle for third place Marco Santana. He is currently down nearly 300 votes with only a handful of ballots left to be counted.  

Regardless, the results will be certified on April 14th with the runoff to take place in the June 27 general election. 

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