Huffpost Los Angeles

LA City Controller Election 2013: Dennis Zine, Ron Galperin Will Face Off Again In May (LIVE UPDATES)

Posted: Updated:
LA CITY CONTROLLER 2013
The 2013 race for LA City Controller Tuesday came down to a runoff between candidates Councilman Dennis Zine and Ron Galperin. | AP/Galperin

The 2013 race to replace Wendy Greuel for LA City Controller will come to a runoff between Councilman Dennis Zine and candidate Ron Galperin.

The polls closed at 8 p.m. and both candidates always kept within a few percentage points of each other as votes were tallied. By 1:13 a.m. Wednesday with 78 percent of votes counted, Zine received 38 percent of the vote and Galperin received 36 percent. Votes for the other four candidates didn't break double digits by that time.

Both the Los Angeles Times and NBC LA predicted the City Controller election would end in a runoff between the two candidates. Zine and Galperin will face off again in the city's general election on May 21.

Zine has represented a district in the San Fernando Valley for 12 years. He has the backing of several large labor unions, council colleagues and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. His opponents have accused him of "double dipping" with a $100,000 annual pension for his 33 years with the LAPD and a nearly $180,000 council salary. He has responded by saying that he gives a large portion of his police pension to charities.

Galperin is a lawyer and has served on the LA Comission on Revenue Efficiency and the LA Quality and Productivity Commission and is endorsed by the LA Times, Daily News and La Opinion.

Follow the live blog below for updates on the mayoral results as well as other election results.

live blog

Oldest Newest

Even more exciting (statistically) than the mayoral race is the one to replace City Controller Wendy Greuel.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, both Ron Galperin and Councilmember Dennis Zine are in a dead heat, each gaining 37 percent of votes.

That's the third runoff!

Share this:

With 100 percent of votes reporting, it appears that LA voters have chosen to reject a sales tax that would have bolstered emergency services but have also decided to open up the city's very generous pension plans to even more people.

Oh, LA.

Share this:

This time for LA City Attorney. At around midnight, the Los Angeles Times and NBC LA said that the City Attorney election was most likely going to be decided in a runoff. Feuer and Trutanich will face off again in the city's general election on May 21.

Share this:
@ Wendy_Greuel : It's looking like a great night. Thank you! #LAMayor #LosAngeles http://t.co/xY9cCvK75h

Share this:
@ ericgarcetti : It's been a whirlwind. Because of your support, we've made it through the primary. I am humbled and grateful for everything.

Share this:
@ HuffPostLA : With 6% reporting for City Atty., Feuer: 41%, Trutanich: 34%. For Controller, Zine: 41%, Galperin: 32% #LAvotes #LAelections

Share this:
@ HuffPostLA : With 6% reporting, Garcetti: 32%, Greuel: 31%, Perry: 19%, James: 14%, Pleitez: 3% #LAMayor #LAelections #LAVote

Share this:
@ HuffPostLA : Initial numbers are in: Garcetti at 31.1%, Greuel at 30.9%. Perry at 19.1% & James at 14.2%. Pleitez at 2.6%.

Share this:

Depending on how the mayoral elections go, LA could either be electing their first

1) Woman (Greuel or Perry) 2) Jewish person (Perry or Garcetti)

3) Openly gay person (James)

Share this:

Is it cool for Angelenos to be ignorant about local issues?

Los Angeles Times political writer Jim Rainey offered his take on LA apathy on HuffPost Live Monday.

"If you don't even have an opinion or don't even know who the mayor is, you can go out and there's no social stigma attached to knowing nothing," said Rainey. "It's part of the local culture."

Share this:

From AP:

Only about 22 percent of 660,000 mail-in ballots had been returned by Tuesday morning, and campaign strategists figured that when Election Day voters were added only about a quarter of the city's 1.8 million voters would have cast ballots.

Share this:

Wonder who this guy voted for!

antonio villaraigosa

Share this:

Earlier on HuffPost:

Close
Los Angeles Votes For Mayor
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Cary Brazeman for LA City Controller – Cary Brazeman for Los ...

Campaign 2013 - LA Observed

Ron Galperin For Los Angeles City Controller: Home

Meet Double Dipping Dennis Zine – Candidate for Los Angeles City ...

Race for Los Angeles City Controller Remains Tight On Election Day

LA city controller race: Zine defends pension in heated debate

L.A. Election Results: Mayor, City Attorney, City Controller, City Council ...

LA Mayor 2013: Primary Elections Expected To Attract Low Voter Turnout