Los Angeles Councilman Gil Cedilla. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Councilman Gil Cedilla. Photo by John Schreiber.

City Councilman Gil Cedillo likely will have to face his challenger, Joe Bray-Ali, in a runoff for his First Council District seat following final vote results released Monday.

According to the new figures, Cedillo’s vote count fell to 49.34 percent, and he needed at least 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff election in May.

Bray-Ali finished with 37.97 percent.

The results will not be certified until Tuesday, but Cedillo’s vote total is about 140 short of 50 percent, with 10,396 votes. Bray-Ali finished with 8,000 votes.

Any registered voter can ask for a recount, if he or she is willing to pay for it, within five days of the certification. The fee varies based on how many people are needed for the recount, but can range from $5,054 to $21,158 per day.

Cedillo finished the March 7 election with 50.98 percent of the vote and a March 10 update saw him increase his lead to 51.28 percent.

Another update released on Tuesday, however, showed his lead drop below 50 percent, and it stayed below 50 percent in an update on Friday.

A runoff election would be held on May 16.

Bray-Ali — a bicycle activist and former bike shop owner with no elected experience — received a boost to his campaign when the Los Angeles Times endorsed him over Cedillo, a seasoned lawmaker who served in the state Assembly and state Senate before winning the council seat in 2013.

— City News Service

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