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Davitt, Bowman Take Early Lead in Council Race

First published in the June 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

With less than 1 million votes tallied in Los Angeles County early Wednesday morning, the race for two open City Council seats in La Cañada Flintridge remained wide open with only a few hundred votes separating the first and third candidates.
Incumbent Mike Davitt, who has served on the LCF City Council since 2011, jumped out to an early lead with 29.66% of the votes totaling 1,569 as of Wednesday, giving him good odds of reclaiming his seat.
Kim Bowman, currently serving on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, sits second with 27.90% (a total of 1,476 votes), longtime resident Jack Schaedel trails Bowman by 241 votes with 23.35% and Marija Decker, also a Parks and Recreation commissioner, is fourth with 19.09%.
The race, however, remains too close to call with notable fluctuation of voting numbers when comparing the earliest count to the latest. Bowman initially led with 1,205 votes, followed by Davitt (1,193 votes) and Schaedel and Decker (both with 782). Bowman saw a slight bump with 271 votes in the most recent figures available at press time released by the county and fell to second while Schaedel gained ground and tallied an additional 453 votes.
There are still plenty of ballots to be counted by the county, such as the ones submitted in person and by mail before Tuesday’s 8 p.m. deadline and others that were filled out in person on Election Day.
In the case of a tie after all the votes have been tallied and recounted, the city would then determine the winning candidate by drawing lots.
Other notable races that concern La Cañada Flintridge was the congressional 28th district, which has incumbent Rep. Judy Chu, a Democrat, way ahead with nearly 64%. When it comes to representation in the state assembly, LCF, which was designated to District 41, will be represented by Chris Holden, who ran without opposition.
Gov. Gavin Newsom dominated challengers in his race and will take on state Sen. Brian Dahle, a Republican from Northern California, in the Nov. 8 election.
Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla, who was appointed by Newsom to fill in for Kamala Harris after she left her position to become vice president, leads in both of his races and will be on the November ballot for two races — one to serve the remainder of Harris’ term through early 2023 and the other for a full six-year term after Jan. 3. Padilla will likely square off with Republican Mark Meuser in the two races.
With 34.38% of the votes so far, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva seems to be headed to a runoff election in November against retired Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, who trails him by nearly 10 percentage points.
The other runoff that will occur later this year will be the highly publicized race for mayor of Los Angeles between real estate developer Rick Caruso and Karen Bass, a U.S. Representative for the state’s 37th congressional district. Caruso led the race as of early Wednesday morning with 42.14% of the votes and Bass was behind with 36.95%.
For updated live election results, visit cityoflcf.org or lavote.gov.


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