Election Roundup: Primary Results, Council Candidates, More

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The results of California’s primary election on Tuesday, June 5, reveal Democrats maintaining overall dominance in statewide and local races, though the races for governor, U.S. House (District 33), attorney general and secretary of state will feature both Republican and Democrat names.

The top two vote getters in each primary race, regardless of political party, will go on to the general election in November.

The June 5 election was not without some controversy.

With hours left to go before polls closed Tuesday, The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office announced a “printing error” that left nearly 120,000 L.A. County residents’ names off voter lists for this year’s primary. This included some Malibu voters.

“A total of 1,530 precincts of the county’s 4,357 voting locations were affected in some way, with a total of 118,522 voters’ names omitted,” a statement from the office detailed.

Those voters were encouraged to use provisional ballots to cast votes, although those votes were not to be counted until days after the election.


Vote Center Location Questionnaire

Beginning in 2020, Los Angeles County will change the way voting takes place. Rather than each voter being assigned his or her own precinct in which to vote, the county plans to establish Vote Centers where any registered voter may cast a ballot over an 11-day period. The LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk is now seeking input on where these centers should be located.

Suggestions can be submitted at placeworkscivic.com/project/lacovcpp. 

Malibu Council Candidates

Official paperwork to announce candidacy for the 2018 Malibu City Council race is not yet available, but several residents have thrown their hats in the unofficial ring, vying for two seats soon to be vacated by long-serving council members Laura Rosenthal and Lou La Monte, who will be termed out this year.

Among those who have already announced their intentions to run are: Planning Commissioner Mikke Pierson, school activist and former AMPS President Karen Farrer, former Malibu Times Assistant Editor Olivia Damavandi Ayreh and Public Works Commissioner Jim Palmer.

These and any other hopefuls will have until Aug. 10 to pull papers for the Nov. 6, 2018, election.

Primary Results

Below are top-three results from the June 5 primary so far—finalized election results will not be completed until July 6, according to an estimate from the secretary of state’s office. The top-two vote getters in each race will appear on the November ballot.


Gavin Newsom (D) – 34.0%

John Cox (R) – 25.8%

Antonio Villaraigosa (D) – 12.9%

U.S. Senate:

Dianne Feinstein (D) – 44.3%

Kevin de León (D) – 11.7%

James Bradley (R) – 8.6%

U.S. House, District 33:

Ted Lieu (D) – 60.7%

Kenneth Wright (R) – 31.5%

Emory Rodgers (D) – 7.7%

LA County Sheriff:

Jim McDonnell – 48.1%

Alex Villanueva – 32.8%

Robert “Bob” Lindsey – 19.1%

Attorney General:

Xavier Becerra (D) – 45.3%

Steven C. Bailey (R) – 24.8%

Dave Jones (D) – 15.3%

Lt. Governor:

Eleni Kounalakis (D) – 23.8%

Ed Hernandez (D) – 20.4%

Cole Harris (R) – 18%

Secretary of State:

Alex Padilla (D) – 52.2%

Mark P. Meuser (R) – 31.6%

Ruben Major (D) – 5.2%

Insurance Commissioner:

Steve Poizner (NPP) – 41.6%

Ricardo Lara (D) – 40.1%

Asif Mahmood (D) – 13.2%

State Assembly, 50th District:

Richard Bloom (D) – 100.0% (unopposed)