David Ryu’s lead over Tomas O’Grady increases from 61 to 149 votes

March 12, 2015

The City Clerk’s Office is set to release the final numbers by March 24 


David Ryu liked what he heard from the City Clerk’s Office on Thursday. (The Korea Times / Park Sang-hyuk)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu pulled ahead of a field of 14 candidates seeking to replace termed-out 4th District City Councilman Tom LaBonge in the City Clerk’s latest ballot tally released today.

Ramsay, LaBonge’s chief of staff, has 15.3 percent of the votes, followed by Ryu with 14.62 percent. Ryu is a director at the Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital and Community Health Center.

Tomas O’Grady, who had been a few dozen votes behind Ryu in an earlier tally, is now 149 votes behind him, with 13.98 percent of the votes.

The top two vote-getters will advance to the May runoff election, and the winning candidate will represent suburban communities in the San Fernando Valley as well as neighborhoods surrounding Griffith Park, Miracle Mile and Hollywood.

The new numbers reflect unofficial results after additional vote-by-mail and polling place ballots were counted. Immediately follow election night, about 46,412 had remained uncounted, including provisional ballots, vote-by-mail ballots turned in on election day at the polls, ballots received by mail on the week of the election and ballots with snags such as missing information or illegible markings.

The voter turnout for the city election now sits at 10.34 percent, up from the initial report of 8.6 percent.

The City Clerk’s Office, which will continue to verify and count ballots, is set to release the final numbers by March 24.

Ryu would become the sole Asian American on the City Council if he is ultimately elected. There has not been an Asian-American council member since Michael Woo served on the council from 1985 to 1993.

Ryu campaigned on a platform of improving communication between the city and residents and says he supports raising the minimum wage and gradually eliminating the gross receipts tax.

Ramsay is looking to succeed her former boss. She touts 15 years of experience working on issues affecting the district, initially as a journalist and environmental activist, then as a member of LaBonge’s staff for about nine years.

O’Grady is the director of the nonprofit organization EnrichLA that works with schools to build edible gardens. He said his priorities include environmental and financial sustainability. He also wants to focus on development and transportation issues.