In the Los Angeles City Council District 11 race, Mike Bonin, the longtime chief of staff to outgoing District 11 Councilman Bill Rosendahl, won a resounding victory on Tuesday night and will replace his boss.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Bonin earned 17,566 votes or 61.19 percent. Since he grabbed more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, there will not be a runoff for CD 11, which covers neighborhoods on the Westside.
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When Rosendahl announced that he was not running for another four-year term, Bonin quickly jumped into the CD 11 race and grabbed numerous major endorsements from politicians, neighborhood groups, and labor unions.
He also raised $357,000, far outpacing his rivals Odysseus Bostick, Fred Sutton, and Tina Hess. None of them raised anywhere near $100,000.
Bonin is one of several gay candidates across Los Angeles who made an impressive showing on Tuesday night. Others include L.A. City Controller candidate Ron Galperin, who will face Dennis Zine in a May runoff, and L.A. Council District 13 candidate Mitch O'Farrell, who heads to a runoff as well. Underdog mayoral candidate Kevin James is also gay.
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