Final city election tallies give Bernard Parks a third term
Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks won 51.21% of the vote in the March 8 election, narrowly avoiding a runoff with his main challenger, Forescee Hogan-Rowles, according to final vote tallies released early Friday.
Public employee unions spent at least $1.2 million to defeat Parks, who has called for layoffs and furloughs as councilman for the 8th District and has argued that city employee pensions are too generous.
After a bitterly fought race, Parks won his third council term with 9,482 votes, according to the final results. Hogan-Rowles finished second with 43.52% of the total (8,058 votes). A third candidate, Jabari Jumaane, won 5.27% (975).
The final citywide election tallies included 42,000 provisional and vote-by-mail ballots counted in recent weeks. The contest between Parks and Hogan-Rowles was the only City Council race with prelimary results close enough to potentially turn on the absentees.
Election night returns showed Parks with 50.89% (7,934 votes), followed by Hogan-Rowles with 43.99% (6,858) and Jumaane with 5.11% (797).
Parks, a former Los Angeles police chief, declared victory after unofficial returns showed he had won more than the 50% of the vote required to avoid a runoff.
But Hogan-Rowles, who heads a nonprofit in South Los Angeles, did not concede, saying she would wait until the outstanding provisional and absentee ballots are counted to decide what to do next.
-- Kate Linthicum
Photo: Bernard Parks. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times