By SHEL SEGAL
In the race to replace embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell won the right to face former undersheriff and current Gardena Mayor Paul Tanaka in Tuesday’s Primary Election.
McDonnell finished well in first in the election, garnering 49.15 percent of the vote, while Tanaka received 14.74 percent.
Falling short were Bob Olmsted with 9.89 percent, James Hellmold with 7.91 percent, Patrick Gomez with 6.74 percent, Todd Rogers with 6.14 percent and Lou Vince with 5.43 percent.
In the race for the vacant Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors First District seat, former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis won the election with 70.32 percent of the vote and will have to face opponent April Saucedo Hood in the November General Election. Juventino “J” Gomez took third.
In the race to become the next Los Angeles County Assessor, Jeffrey Prang led a field of 11 candidates with 18.06 percent. Running against him in November will be John Morris, who had 16.40 percent of the vote.
In Monterey Park, Measure A – a housing development initiative – passed with 52.45 percent of the vote.
In a special election in Glendale to fill a vacant city council seat, Paula Devine beat out a field of five candidates with 33.69 percent of the vote. That term will end in April 2015.
And in another Glendale-related matter on how to decide to fill office vacancies in the future, known as Measure G, this initiative passed with 68.58 percent of the vote.
In the 49th Assembly District covering the west San Gabriel Valley, Assemblyman Ed Chau is being returned to Sacramento for another term. He has 60.7 percent of the vote and has defeated Esthela Siegrist.
In the 22nd state Senate District, state Sen. Ed Hernandez ran unopposed and is on his way back to the state Legislature.
And in 27th Congressional District, Rep. Judy Chu is on the road back to Washington, defeating challenger Jack Orswell with 63.21 percent of the vote.
Voter turnout for this election was considered by many to be low at just over 13 percent, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder.
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McDonnell to face Tanaka in run off race for Sheriff
By SHEL SEGAL