Tight Race for LaBonge City Council Seat Looks Headed for Runoff

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File photo of polling place stickers for voters. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The only mystery remaining late Tuesday in Los Angeles’ City Council election was which two of several tightly bunched contenders would land in the May 19 runoff to succeed termed-out Councilman Tom LaBonge.

Narrowly leading the 14-candidate field was LaBonge aide Carolyn Ramsay, followed closely by community health director David Ryu, with slightly more than 80% of the votes counted in unofficial returns.

But within striking distance were nonprofit director Tomas O’Grady, attorney Teddy David, attorney Wally Knox and community college trustee Steve Veres.

“Every vote counts,” said Ryu, who had led most of the night only to be overtaken by Ramsay. “I hope this election shows people that.”

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