Krekorian wins Second Council District run-off election

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angela-fentiman90BY ANGELA FENTIMAN

Assemblymember Paul Krekorian soundly defeated former Paramount executive Christine Essel Tuesday to take the Second Council District seat on the Los Angeles City Council. Krekorian earned 56.56 percent of the vote (10,810 total votes), according to the City Clerk’s unofficial results.

Krekorian told 200 friends and supporters Tuesday night that his victory was, “beginning of a fundamental transformation of the government of Los Angeles.” “It sends a strong signal that the people of the San Fernando Valley are not satisfied with business as usual,” he added.

Paul Krekorian

Paul Krekorian

The special election shattered the record for the most independent expenditures in a non-citywide campaign, with nearly $1 million spent by interest groups. Approximately 90 percent of the spending was used to support Essel, according to the L.A. Times.

“The task now ahead of us is to build a city government that will work for the people and that is marked by integrity, honesty and accountability,” Krekorian said. “To succeed, we need to start healing the divisions that have resulted from this campaign and begin bringing our community together.”

Krekorian will replace Wendy Greuel, who took office as L.A. City Controller in July. A special election will be held in coming months to fill the open 43rd Assembly District seat left by his victory.

Voter turnout was slightly better than the Sept. 22 election, but still low, with only 15,35 percent of registered voters casting ballots. The majority of ballots cast were vote-by-mail (10,988 ballots cast), according to the City Clerk’s website.

Krekorian and Essel beat out eight other candidates to go head-to-head in the special runoff election. Local political experts correctly predicted that the Sept. 22 race would require a run-off due to the high number of candidates vying to fill the open.

The Second Council District seat; which represents the communities of Lake View Terrace, La Tuna Canyon, North Hollywood, Shadow Hills, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Sunland, Sun Valley, Tujunga, Valley Village, Valley Glen and Van Nuys.

Angela Fentiman is a freelance writer and public relations professional who has represented clients across all sectors—nonprofit, government and business. She has a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) and a B.A. in communication. Angela can be contacted at angela.fentiman@gmail.com.

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