Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley won reelection, but no thanks to the San Fernando Valley.
Bradley beat each of his challengers but captured only 40% of the vote in the four City Council districts located entirely within the Valley, according to a Times analysis of the results in Tuesday’s election.
Citywide, Bradley received 52% of the vote in winning reelection to an unprecedented fifth term.
Councilman Nate Holden finished second in the Valley with 32% of the vote, followed by former County Supervisor Baxter Ward with 19%. The remainder was split among seven other candidates.
Bradley’s poorest showing in the city came in the conservative northwest Valley’s 12th District, represented by Councilman Hal Bernson. Bradley received 39% of the vote, followed by Holden with 34% and Ward with 19%.
In his best showing in the Valley, Bradley received 45% of the vote in the northeast Valley’s 7th District represented by Councilman Ernani Bernardi.
In contrast, Bradley received about 70% of the vote in South Los Angeles.
The Valley, which as a whole is more conservative than the rest of the city, has always been tough turf for the liberal mayor. In seven campaigns, including ill-fated runs for governor in 1982 and 1986, Bradley collected a majority of the vote only twice--both times against weak opponents, former Mayor Sam Yorty in 1981 and Councilman John Ferraro in 1986.