Dashing the hopes of Cinderella candidate Joseph Bray-Ali, incumbent First District Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo managed a last minute push to eke out a slim 50.98% margin of victory in Tuesday’s municipal election. Cedillo garnered a total of 6,702 votes to Bray-Ali’s 4,750 votes, for his 36.13% total.
Bray-Ali, a political newcomer whose bicycle safety activism and unhappiness with Cedillo’s leadership, pushed him into the race, captured hearts city-wide, and even nationally, with his bicycle campaigning, heartfelt positions and a marked aversion to the political machine. The Los Angeles Times endorsed him over the incumbent, a rare occurrence.
In an evening that was marked by slow LA County voting returns, Bray-Ali was confident of a runoff as late as 12 midnight, before the last of the precincts reported.
Cedillo outspent Bray-Ali by a margin of 4-1, and was endorsed by an impressive roll call of politicians, including Governor Jerry Brown, State Controller John Chiang, State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A. Police Chief Bill Bratton, and L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson, among many others.
Newcomer candidate Giovany Hernandez garnered 8.46% of the vote, with 1,112 votes, while perennial candidate Jesse Rosas received only 583 votes.