Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl's chief deputy was easily outdistancing three other candidates Tuesday in a bid to succeed his boss, who is stepping down to focus on his health.
In early returns, Mike Bonin had nearly 60 percent of the vote total in the Westchester-area district. Prosecutor Tina Hess was his closest competitor with 21.0 percent of the vote. Community advocate Frederick Sutton and teacher Odysseus Bostick trailed with 11.7 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively.
Rosendahl, who announced last year that he would not seek a third term while he battles cancer, had enthusiastically endorsed Bonin, who enjoyed broad support across the district, which stretches from LAX to Pacific Palisades.
In the 15th District that includes the Harbor Area, Councilman Joe Buscaino was trouncing his token opposition in his quest for his first full term. Buscaino, a former police officer elected in a 2012 special election, had 81.4 percent of the vote in early returns. His only challenger, minister-disability advocate James T. Law, had 18.6 percent of the vote.
If the early returns hold, both Bonin and Buscaino will avoid a May runoff election.
Elsewhere, four of the seven City Council seats up for election Tuesday were being dominated by politicians facing term limits in Sacramento.
In the San Fernando Valley, former Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes was leading in the 7th Council District being vacated by Councilman Richard Alarcon because of term limits.
In the neighboring 3rd District, Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Van Nuys, in his last term in the Assembly, was leading in the seat being vacated by Councilman Dennis Zine, who also is termed out.
Two others with state experience, Sen. Curren Price and former Assemblyman Mike Davis, were competing in the downtown 9th District seat held by termed-out Councilwoman Jan Perry.
In the 1st District on the east side, Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo was in a close race to succeed termed-out Councilman Ed Reyes. He appeared headed to a runoff against Reyes' chief deputy, Jose Gardea.
In the 5th District, incumbent Councilman Paul Koretz, also a veteran of Sacramento, held a wide lead over neighborhood council board member Mark Matthew Herd in his bid for a second term.
In the 13th District seat vacated by the term-limited Eric Garcetti, a dozen candidates were in the running. The leading vote-getters were neighborhood council member Samuel Kbushyan and community organizer John Choi.
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