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Nury Martinez wins Los Angeles' 6th City Council district seat

Nury Martinez wins Los Angeles' 6th City Council district seat
Los Angeles City Council District 6 candidates Nury Martinez, left, and Cindy Montanez, right, are shown during a forum mediated by Judy Daniels, center, at a Valley Alliance Neighborhood Councils meeting at Sherman Oaks Hospital. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Nury Martinez soundly defeated rival Cindy Montañez on Tuesday in the special election to fill an open east San Fernando Valley seat on the Los Angeles City Council.

Martinez, a former Los Angeles school board member, becomes the only female elected official in the nation's second-largest city.

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Final results from the city clerk's office showed Martinez received 4,917 votes, or 54.6% of the total, compared with 4,093 votes, or 45.4%, for Montañez. Final tallies of the vote are on the city clerk's website.

Just 10.2% of the district's 89,118 eligible voters cast ballots, according to the preliminary final count. The heavily Latino district includes the communities of Van Nuys, Pacoima and Sun Valley.

The stand-alone election -- to replace Councilman Tony Cardenas, now a congressman -- fell just two months after city voters went to the polls to pick a new mayor, controller, city attorney and six new council members.

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