Los Angeles City Council District 13 Primary: Absentee Ballot Results Show Hollywood Activist Sam Kbushyan Leading Frontrunners

Sam Kbushyan
Sam Kbushyan

In the Los Angeles City Council District 13 race, frontrunners Mitch O'Farrell, Matt Szabo, Alex De Ocampo, and John Choi are facing each other in a competitive race for one of California's most prized political seats. Past CD 13 council members have made strong runs for mayor and have served in the state legislature.

As of now, Hollywood activist Sam Kbushyn has come out of nowhere and leads the frontrunners with 1,915 votes or 27 percent. Choi has 1,180 votes or 17 percent, O'Farrell has 786 votes or 11 percent, De Ocampo has 702 votes or 1 percent, second tier candidate Josh Post has 683 votes or 9 percent, and Szabo has 434 votes or 6 percent.

Choi is the favorite of big labor unions, and O'Farrell is a former aide to District 13 Councilman Eric Garcetti, who's running for mayor. Szabo is a former deputy mayor under Antonio Villaraigosa, and De Ocampo is an executive for billionaire Haim Saban's charitable foundation.

All of them have raised major money, and Choi, Szabo, and De Ocampo recently moved into District 13 to try to land the plum seat.

O'Farrell has been a longtime resident of Glassell Park.

The CD 13 race is expected to be a squeaker, so get ready for a long night.

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.


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