L.A. City Council Race: Cedillo Wins Reelection

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City Councilman Gil Cedillo casts his vote at a polling station set in a residence on Edgeware Road in Los Angeles. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Incumbent Gil Cedillo handily won reelection Tuesday night over challenger Joe Bray-Ali in a heated run-off for a Los Angeles City Council seat representing a swath of northeast L.A.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Cedillo had received more than 70% of the votes cast in District 1, which includes Westlake, Highland Park and Chinatown.

In March, Cedillo was forced into a run-off by Bray-Ali, a Lincoln Heights resident and bicycle advocate who had been a vocal critic of the councilman’s positions on street safety, development and gentrification.

Spirits were high at Cedillo’s election night party at a rooftop bar in Chinatown. Cheers greeted Cedillo’s arrival, and he stopped to dance with one supporter, as a group of women shouted, “Si, se puede!”

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