Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich, a political neophyte who said during the campaign that he would serve two terms and then retire, has defeated veteran City Councilman Jack Weiss 55.74% to 44.26% according to semi-official results released Wednesday. He will now take on the job of City Attorney beginning July 1.
Trutanich bested Weiss in a hard fought campaign that included numerous traded accusations and high powered supporters lining up on both sides.
According to the county registrar recorder's office, the decision on who will be city attorney was made by only 16.54% of L.A. City's registered voters.
"We had an election last night, and Democracy broke out. I'm so proud of this city for doing the right thing, and I am going to make this city proud of the work of the City Attorney's office," said Trutanich about his win, which he attributes to God. "I truly believe this campaign has been inspired by God," said the candidate sounding exhausted but still retaining a sense of humor.
His next step, after some sleep and a shave, is to put together a transition team of real, professional and competent people who will help him start to prioritize what he can do easily and what will take longer to accomplish.
Trutanich said he will also take down the electronic doors leading to the City Attorney's office, and look to see how he can implement his plans of creating a Bureau of Investigation and an Academy of Justice.
Finally, among his first few goals is to begin retraining and upgrading the management in all of the city attorney offices.
In other election results, Assemblyman Curren Price, Jr., as expected, has been elected to fill the unexpired term of Mark Ridley-Thomas in the 26th District of the state senate. With 100% of precincts partially or fully reporting, Price collected 70.44% of ballots cast versus 21.12% by Republican Nachum Shifren and 8.43% by Peace and Freedom candidate Cindy Varela Henderson.
The apparent election of Price to the state senate leaves his 51st Assembly seat vacant, and once the election is certified by the Secretary of State (no more than 39 calendar days from May 19), Price can begin his term, which expires June 2010.
Once the Assembly seat is officially vacated, the governor will then have 14 calendar days to call for a special election to fill Price's seat. That term also expires June 2010.
In the Los Angeles Community College District race, incumbent Angela Reddock was defeated by challenger Tina Park, 54.19% to 45.81%. Park is a financial auditor and survivor of the September 11, 2001 attack on Tower One of the World Trade Center.
Reddock's unexpected ouster leaves only one African American on the LACCD Board of Trustees: Sylvia Scott-Hayes.
LACCD Board of Trustee area six incumbent Nancy Pearlman also defeated challenger Robert Nakahiro 61.48% to 38.52%.