The L.A. County Democratic Party is working through its endorsement process. With reapportionment, numerous open seats, and consolidated elections (cities and school district elections are now held in even numbered years), the party members have a ton of candidates to consider. Not surprisingly, most incumbents received the local party’s official endorsement. Notably missing from the process was mayoral candidate and billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso, who decided not to participate in the local Democratic Party’s endorsement process despite registering as a Democrat in January.
For the highly contested races, “no consensus” was achieved after hours of filing out candidate questionnaires, interviews, and meetings – Tuesday’s General Membership Meeting lasted over four hours.
Although no consensus was reached, meaning no candidate reached the 60% support threshold, the vote results were interesting. Not every eligible candidate participated in the endorsement process.
Vote results for the L.A. City Mayor’s race:
U.S. Representative Karen Bass – 48%
L.A. Councilmember Joe Busciano – 2%
L.A. Councilmember Kevin de Leon – 34%
L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer – 2%
Social Justice Advocate Alex Gruenenfelder Smith – 2%
Vote results for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors District 3:
Senator Bob Hertzberg – 18%
Councilmember Lindsey Horvath – 47%
Senator Henry Stern – 18%