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Municipal law attorney Traci Park claimed victory Thursday in the bitterly contested election to represent the Westside on the Los Angeles City Council, saying her more than 5,000-vote lead was too large for civil rights and criminal defense lawyer Erin Darling to close, eight days after the end of voting.
Her statement was followed minutes later by a concession statement from Darling, who trailed by nearly 6 percentage points, only a marginal narrowing of a large lead that Park had held since election day.
Park’s win will put six women on the City Council that will be sworn in Dec. 12, the most in L.A.’s history and a continuation of a trend. Karen Bass will become the city’s first female mayor, joining incoming City Atty. Hydee Feldstein Soto, also the first woman in that post. Women also hold all five seats on the once male-dominated county Board of Supervisors.
Park’s election in Council District 11 ends a string of victories in the fall election for progressive candidates in L.A. — including Kenneth Mejia as controller and Eunisses Hernandez and Hugo Soto-Martinez for City Council. The city’s political left had hoped that along with current Councilmember Nithya Raman and the others, Darling would be a fourth vote to spend less money on police and more on other imperatives, especially helping homeless people.