Second Council District race to continue with run-off between Krekorian and Essel

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angela-fentiman90BY ANGELA FENTIMAN

The special election to fill the open seat that represents L.A.’s Second Council District will be decided in a run-off election between Paul Krekorian and Chris Essel.

Krekorian and Essel beat out eight other candidates to go head-to-head in the run-off election that will be held Dec. 8. Local political experts predicted that the race would require a run-off due to the high number of candidates vying to fill the open seat previously held by City Controller Wendy Greuel.

Voter turnout was low, as predicted, with only 11.74 percent of registered voters in the district casting ballots.


Christine "Chris" Essel

Christine "Chris" Essel


Paul Krekorian

Paul Krekorian

According to unofficial results available on the City Clerk’s website (, Krekorian earned 4,929 votes (34.10 percent of the total cast) and Essel received 4,104 (28.39 percent of the total).


 Krekorian is a California State Assemblymember and Essel is a 30-year veteran of the film industry. Both were criticized by their competitors during the initial campaign, who claimed both moved into the district in order to run for the council seat. 

 Krekorian and Essel, along with LAUSD School Board Member Tamar Galatzan (1,871 votes, 12.94 percent) were known as the big three candidates in election coverage. The remaining members of the group were known as the grassroots candidates and included, Mary Benson (1,198 votes, 8.29 percent), Augusto Bisani (158 votes, 1.09 percent), Joe Essavi (306 votes, 2.12 percent), Michael McCue (339 votes, 2.35 percent), David “Zuma Dogg” Saltsburg (410 votes, 2.84 percent), Pete Sanchez (699 votes, 4.84 percent) and Frank Sheftel (441 votes, 3.05 percent).

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

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