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Los Angeles City Council District 13 Primary Results: Mitch O'Farrell and John Choi Head to May Runoff

In the Los Angeles City Council District 13 race, frontrunners Mitch O'Farrell and John Choi will face each other in a May 21 runoff 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.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, O'Farrell leads Choi by a few hundred votes. Dark horse candidate Sam Kbushyan made a strong showing, but the frontrunners held him off.

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.

Kbushyan is a little known community activist, but he outpaced frontrunners Matt Szabo, a former deputy mayor under Antonio Villaraigosa, and Alex De Ocampo, an executive for billionaire Haim Saban's charitable foundation.

O'Farrell is considered to have more community activist support than Choi, who recently moved into CD 13.

An outright winner needs more than 50 percent of the vote or the contest goes to a runoff with the top two winners facing each other.

O'Farrell is one of several gay candidates across Los Angeles who made a solid showing on Tuesday night. Others include L.A. City Controller candidate Ron Galperin, who will face Dennis Zine in a runoff, and L.A. Council District 11 winner Mike Bonin. Underdog mayoral candidate Kevin James is also gay.

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.

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