Jimmy Gomez. Image from Assembly video
Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (shown) remains ahead in the race. Image from Assembly video

Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez and Los Angeles Planning Commissioner Robert Lee Ahn moved closer to a June 6 runoff Friday in the 34th Congressional District race, with updated election results showing them maintaining their top-two finish.

According to updated results from Tuesday’s special election posted by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, Gomez, D-Eagle Rock, leads the 24-candidate field with 10,704 votes, or 26.54 percent, with fellow Democrat Ahn second with 7,543 votes, or 18.7 percent.

Democrat Maria Cabildo, an economic development director, was third with 4,250 votes, 10.54 percent.

Because no candidate received a majority, a runoff between the top two finishers will be held June 6.

The next update of ballot counting is expected to be released Tuesday.

The clerk’s office announced Wednesday that about 13,400 provisional, questioned and late ballots still needed to be counted from Tuesday’s election. The updated count released Friday included about 11,500 of  them, according to the clerk’s office.

The special election was prompted by the appointment of then-Rep. Xavier Becerra as attorney general, succeeding Kamala Harris, who was elected to the Senate.

The district stretches roughly from Koreatown in the west to the Long Beach (710) Freeway in the east and from the Santa Monica (10) Freeway in the south to the Ventura (134) Freeway in the north. It includes downtown Los Angeles, the Westlake district, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights.

Twenty-three people appeared on the ballot, 19 of them Democrats looking to represent the overwhelmingly Democratic district. Most of the candidates never held elective office, with the exception of Gomez and former Los Angeles Unified School District board member Yolie Flores.

Michelle Walker, a Democrat and community activist, qualified as a write-in candidate.

Becerra endorsed Gomez, who said he hopes to “continue to build an inclusive and diverse country that values people from all walks of life.”

–City News Service

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