Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo has dropped below 50 percent in the latest count of ballots from the March 7th election, a result that would trigger a runoff against his challenger, Joe Bray-Ali, if it holds. The update of vote-by-mail ballots released yesterday afternoon saw Cedillo drop to 49-point-51 percent — below the 50 percent plus one required to avoid a May runoff. Bray- Ali says only about a thousand votes remain to be counted in the district and says “This looks like we are heading to a runoff.”
Cedillo picked up the nickname of “One-Bill Gil” for his persistent quest to allow driver licenses for undocumented immigrants while serving as a legislator in Sacramento. Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill granting those licenses in October, 2013, nine months after Cedillo was termed out of state office. The bill signing was held at Los Angeles City Hall with Brown, Mayor Garcetti, and Cedillo, who had just been elected to the L.A. City Council.
For background on the L.A. City Council race: http://la.streetsblog.org/2017/03/14/with-votes-still-being-counted-cedillo-and-bray-ali-appear-poised-for-runoff/
Sources: City News Service/la.streetsblog.org