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2024 primary election candidates in Los Angeles

A voting center is pictured. Angelenos had the chance Tuesday to vote for LA City Council seats, LA County Board of Supervisors members, the LA District Attorney, LA Superior Court judges and Measure HLA. (Daily Bruin file photo)

By Sharla Steinman and Catherine Hamilton

March 6, 2024 1:21 a.m.

Angelenos voted for Los Angeles City Council seats, LA County Board of Supervisors members, the LA District Attorney, LA Superior Court judges and Measure HLA in Tuesday’s primary election.

LA City Council seats for Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 are up for election. Each term lasts four years, and candidates are ineligible to run for reelection after three terms.

District 2 candidates include Marin Ghandilyan, Manny Gonez, Jillian Burgos, Jon-Paul Bird, Adrin Nazarian, Sam Kbushyan and Rudy Melendez. The seat is currently held by council president Paul Krekorian, who is ineligible to run for reelection because of term limits.

District 4 candidates include Levon Baronian, Ethan Weaver and incumbent councilmember Nithya Raman, who has held the position since 2020.

District 6 candidates include Ely De La Cruz Ayao, Carmenlina Minasova and incumbent councilmember Imelda Padilla, who won the June special election to replace former council president Nury Martinez.

District 8 candidates include Jahan Epps, Cliff Smith and incumbent councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who is running for his final term.

District 10 candidates include Eddie Anderson, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Aura Vásquez, Grace Yoo and incumbent councilmember Heather Hutt, who was appointed to the position by the council in April and served in a temporary vacancy capacity in 2022.

District 12 candidates include Serena Oberstein and incumbent councilmember John Lee, who was first elected in 2019 through a special election and reelected in 2020.

District 14 candidates include Genny Guerrero, Teresa Hillery, Ysabel Jurado, Wendy Carrillo, Eduardo Vargas, Miguel Santiago, Nadine Diaz and incumbent councilmember Kevin De León, who made racist remarks in a leaked recording in 2021 and is running for his second term.

[Related: Double Bruin Ysabel Jurado runs for LA City Council ‘to represent my community’]

If any candidate receives over 50% of the vote, they will win the seat and not face a runoff in November, otherwise, the top two will advance to the general election in November.

The LA Board of Supervisors positions in Districts 2, 4 and 5 are also up for election. Each term lasts four years, and a supervisor can hold office for up to three consecutive terms, but can also run again after taking a break from the board. The District 3 seat – held by Chair Lindsey Horvath, which includes Westwood Village and UCLA – is not up for election.

District 2 candidates include Clint Carlton, Daphne Bradford, Katrina Williams and the incumbent, Holly Mitchell, who has held the seat since 2020.

District 4 candidates include incumbent Janice Hahn – who was elected in 2016 – John Cruikshank and Alex Villanueva, who served as the LA County Sheriff from 2018-2022.

District 5 candidates include Perry Goldberg, Chris Holden, Konstantine Anthony, Marlon Marroquin and incumbent Kathryn Barger. Barger is running for her third and final term as the board’s only Republican.

Similarly to the city council elections, if a candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in March, they win the election outright.

Board of Education District seats 1, 3, 5, and 7 are up for election. Like the city council, terms last four years and candidates are ineligible for re-election after three terms.

District 1 candidates include Kahllid Al-Alim, Rina Tambor, John Aaron Brasfield, Christian Flagg, Sherlett Hendy Newbill, Didi Watts and Dewayne Davis. George McKenna currently holds the seat.

District 3 candidates include Dan Chang, Elizabeth Badger, Andreas Farmakalidis, Raquel Villalta and incumbent Scott Mark Schmerelson.

District 5 candidates include Fidencio Gallardo, Victorio Gutierrez, Karla Griego and Graciela Ortiz. Jackie Goldberg currently holds the seat.

District 7 candidates include Lydia Gutiérrez and incumbent Tanya Ortiz Franklin.

In the District Attorney race, incumbent George Gascón will face 11 other candidates. The candidates include Jonathan Hatami, Lloyd Masson, John McKinney, Maria Ramirez, Eric Siddall, Jeff Chemerinsky, Nathan Hochman – who was the Republican candidate in 2022’s state attorney general race and the former United States assistant attorney general – and Dan Kapelovitz. Gascón was elected in 2020, defeating then-incumbent Jackie Lacey.

In the LA County Superior Court race, 10 positions are up for election. Judges serve six-year terms, but their seats only appear on the ballot if someone challenges them at the end of their term or if they step down.

Candidates for Office No. 12 include incumbent Lynn Diane Olson and Rhonda Haymon.

Candidates for Office No. 39 include Ronda Dixon, George Turner Jr., Jacob Lee and Steve Napolitano.

Candidates for Office No. 48 include Ericka Wiley, Renee Rose and Malik Burroughs.

Candidates for Office No. 93 include Victor Avila and write-in candidate Natasha Khamashta.

Candidates for Office No. 97 include Sam Abourched, Sharon Ransom and La Shae Henderson.

Candidates for Office No. 115 include Keith Koyano and Christmas Brookens.

Candidates for Office No. 124 include Kimberly Repecka and Emily Theresa Spear.

Candidates for Office No. 130 include Osman Taher, Christopher Darden and Leslie Gutierrez.

Candidates for Office No. 135 include Mohammad Ali Fakhreddine, Steven Yee Mac and Georgia Huerta.

Candidates for Office No. 137 include Michael Berg, Luz Herrera, Diana Ruth James and Tracey Blount.

The City Mobility Plan Street Improvement measures, also known as Measure HLA is also on the ballot. Measure HLA would require LA to redesign its streets to make them safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. The measure needs more than 50% of the vote to pass.

[Related: Supporters, opponents of Measure HLA discuss its focus on improving street safety]

LA voting centers close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Sharla Steinman | City and Crime Editor
Steinman is the 2023-2024 city and crime editor. She was previously a city and crime contributor. She is also a fourth-year political science student.
Steinman is the 2023-2024 city and crime editor. She was previously a city and crime contributor. She is also a fourth-year political science student.
Catherine Hamilton | News editor
Hamilton is the 2023-2024 News editor and a Copy staff member. She was previously the 2022-2023 national news and higher education beat editor and a national news contributor. She is also a third-year gender studies and political science student minoring in professional writing.
Hamilton is the 2023-2024 News editor and a Copy staff member. She was previously the 2022-2023 national news and higher education beat editor and a national news contributor. She is also a third-year gender studies and political science student minoring in professional writing.
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