Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, despite controversy surrounding her campaign, overwhelmingly won reelection to her seat. Lacey said she wants to create more transparency in the office so that people will better understand what her job entails.
Former Vice President Joe Biden took the national lead and became the frontrunner on the Democratic side of the presidential race March 3, better known as Super Tuesday despite the fact that Bernie Sanders appears to have won California. If Biden keeps pace, he is set to face current president Donald Trump in November, who took the lead for the Republican party during the primaries. Biden is now urging voters to “unite,” “beat Trump” and “take back the country.”
Meanwhile, Herb Wesson extended his lead over CA. State Senator Holly J. Mitchell for the 2nd District Supervisor’s race and they appear to be headed toward a November run-off. Janice Hahn took a sweeping lead in District 4. Kathryn Barger easily won District 5.
In the race for the Los Angeles City Council District 10, Mark Ridley Thomas took a double digit lead over Grace Yoo but was not able to reach the 50% + 1 threshold to avoid a run-off on the November ballot.
In other Los Angeles City Council races, Marqueece Harris Dawson (District 8), Nury Martinez (District 6), Kevin De Leon (District 10) and Paul Krekorian (District 4) all easily won reelection.
Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer and fellow Democrat Efren Martinez are in a virtual tie and will face off in the November election.
Assemblymember Autumn Burke took an overwhelming lead against the republican challenger Robert Steele in District 62. Assemblymember Chris Holden also took a commanding lead against republican challenger, Robin A. Hvidston in District 41. Meanwhile, Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove (District 54) and Assemblymember Mike Gipson (District 64) both took overwhelming leads for their races for reelection.
In the congressional race, Maxine Waters (District 43) and Karen Bass (District 37) overwhelmingly won reelection. In other congressional races, Nanette Barragan (District 44), Judy Chu (District 27) and Adam Schiff (District 28) also retained their congressional seats.
In State Senate races, Steve Bradford (District 35) sailed to victory with over 70% of the vote and Anthony Portantino (District 28) ran unopposed for reelection.
Other city races included Gardena, Compton, Long Beach and Pasadena. Victor Gordo pulled ahead of current city mayor Terry Tornek in Pasadena. The two candidates are headed for a runoff. As of press time council seats 2 and 4 were still up for grabs though Felicia Williams had a decisive lead in District 2. In Compton, Micah Ali was taking the lead in the race for CUSD Area C as of press time, while Charles Davis did the same for Area D. Sandra’s Moss took the lead for Area F.
Al Austin took a sweeping lead in Long Beach’s District 8.
Measure R: the jail plan initiative, giving the Civilian Oversight Commission power to subpoena witnesses and documents relevant to citizens’ or inmates’ complaints won a sweeping yes vote.
Measure FD: A tax levied to improve equipment for emergency personnel won a yes vote
Prop 13: A 15-billion-dollar general obligation school bond got a no vote.
Measure A Long Beach: a general use tax for the city got a no vote
Measure B Long Beach: school funding measure got a yes vote.
All election results are as of Sentinel press time and final results are subject to change.