Only about 13% of registered voters in Los Angeles County showed up to the polls Tuesday, living up — or down — to officials' expectations and offered few, if any, surprises in the primaries.
Despite an election with potential for widespread leadership change, Tuesday's turnout was even lower than in 2010 and 2012, when roughly 20% of voters showed up to the polls. At some polling stations Tuesday, short staffing or technical glitches resulted in voters being turned away or forced to wait for hours for ballot stations to be set up.
With 100% of precincts reporting, former U.S. Labor Secretary
Former state lawmaker and child star Sheila Kuehl pulled in 36% of the vote, while former Santa Monica City Councilman and Kennedy family scion
After decades of little turnover on the L.A. County governing board, Tuesday's election marked the beginning of a new era of changing leadership in the nation's largest local government. Molina and fellow Supervisor
The incoming supervisors will face difficult policy choices and major financial challenges as they pursue improvements in the troubled child welfare system, guide an overhaul of county jail facilities and implement the federal Affordable Care Act's health system overhaul in the county's network of hospitals and clinics that serves hundreds of thousands of low-income residents.
In the county assessor's race, 12 candidates vied to replace John Noguez, a one-term assessor who is fighting public corruption charges. Jeffrey Prang, a West Hollywood city councilman and special assistant in the assessor's office, received nearly 90,000 votes, or about 18%. He advances to a runoff against prosecutor John Morris, who came in second with 16% of the votes.
On the law enforcement side, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, the only major candidate for sheriff without deep ties to the department, got more than three times as many votes as his nearest rival, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, but it was not enough for him to clear the 50% bar and win outright against six other candidates.
McDonnell claimed 49.1% of the vote to Tanaka's 14.7%, according to the county registrar's office. It was not immediately clear if there were enough provisional or uncounted absentee ballots to change the outcome.
The race is considered one of the most important in the history of the sheriff’s department. Longtime Sheriff
In Long Beach, City Councilman Robert Garcia won the mayor's race outright with 52% of the vote. Former NFL player
And in Orange County, Supervisor Shawn Nelson avoided a November runoff, winning reelection handily, but two other supervisor races will be settled in the fall with head-to-head contests.