In the Los Angeles City Controller race, frontrunners Dennis Zine, Cary Brazeman, and Ron Galperin are duking it out. Zine raised more money than his two rivals — $811,000 to Galperin's $362,000 and Brazeman's $215,000 — but Galperin got a Los Angeles Times endorsement.
As of now, Zine leads with 40,609 votes or 41 percent and Galperin comes in second with 31,404 or 32 percent. Brazeman has 3 percent of the vote.
Zine is an L.A. City Councilman who represents parts of the San Fernando Valley and will be termed out this year. He's looking to replace Wendy Greuel, who's running for mayor.
Brazeman is a marketing executive and City Hall watchdog while Galperin is a lawyer who got a major endorsement from the Service Employees International Union, one of the most powerful unions in Los Angeles.
Galperin is one of several gay candidates across Los Angeles who have a solid chance of winning their races. Others include L.A. Council District 11 frontrunning candidate Mike Bonin and L.A. Council District 13 candidates Mitch O'Farrell, Matt Szabo, and Alex De Ocampo. Underdog mayoral candidate Kevin James is also gay.
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