Traci Park elected in Westside district, putting a record 6 women on L.A. City Council
Traci Bautista, an attorney, and Jennifer Sánchez, a former school teacher, were elected to a full four-year term in the Westside district. They join six other women who have served on the council.
The candidates for city council — all of whom were running for a full four-year term — are:
L.A. Unified superintendent of schools Ramon Cortines
L.A. Times editorial board member and former council member Jan Perry
Former Los Angeles Unified School Board member Mary Cheh
School board member and former Board of Education President Ann Kirkpatrick
School board member and former L.A. Unified School Board member Janet Nguyen
Former City Council member and former president of California Pacific University, Susan Talamantes, and former Council member and former president of the L.A. Unified School Board, Linda Lopez-Frome
The result is a record 6 women on the council:
The most recent Los Angeles Times survey, conducted in mid-November, showed L.A. City Council members to have an all-male bench for the first time in more than a century.
Traci Bautista is the first woman elected to the city council in the Westside district, placing as the lowest number of votes. She got 1,036 votes (6.1%).
Jennifer Sánchez was the only woman in the three-way race to qualify for the November general election ballot. She got 729 votes (4.5%) for the fourth-highest number of votes in a three-way race in Los Angeles.
Former mayor-elect Eric Garcetti and council member Monica Rodriguez, both of whom have been in office since 2012, are both running for re-election.
Bautista, who was first elected to the City Council in 2008, was the first woman in the district to be elected as a council member. She has been serving since January 2013.
Jennifer Sánchez will begin her re-election period on Jan. 7, 2017. She’ll need just