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Hofbaur defeats Ledford for mayor of Palmdale

Katie Hill upsets Steve Knight

OW Staff Writer | 11/9/2018, midnight
Palmdale City Councilman Steve Hofbauer upset incumbent Mayor Jim Ledford on..
Steve Hofbauer

Palmdale City Councilman Steve Hofbauer upset incumbent Mayor Jim Ledford on Tuesday to capture the city hall office. At press time, Hofbauer had received about 45 percent of ballots cast, or 10,631 votes in besting Ledford’s 8,502 votes, or 35.66 percent, according to the semi-final tally (with 100% of precincts reporting). V. Jesse Smith finished third in the three-way race, with 4,709 votes or 19.75 percent. Ledford’s 13th two-year term as Palmdale’s mayor expires this year.

Juan Carrillo Ventura prevailed over challenger Oscar Aleman in Palmdale’s District 4 City Council race. Ventura received  2,939 votes or 63.75 percent to Aleman’s 1,671 or 36.25 percent. District 3 City Council member Laura Bettencourt ran unopposed and received 4,051 votes.

Democrat Katie Hill was the winner in her expensive—and often contentious—campaign to unseat Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) in the 25th Congressional District, which includes much of the Antelope Valley and parts of Ventura County and the Santa Clarita Valley.  Hill, at press time, had received 83,662 votes (51.3 percent) to Knight’s 79,545 votes (48.7%), with an unknown number of ballots still to be tallied.

Other election results for the 23rd Congressional District race, which covers most of Kern County and parts of the Antelope Valley, including Lancaster, placed House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R) ahead with a tally of 89,568 votes (66.5 percent), leaving challenger Tatiana Matta, a Democrat, with 45,152 votes (33.5 percent).

In the 36th State Assembly District race, incumbent Tom Lackey, a Republican, won 46,235 votes (56 percent) compared to 36,366 votes (44 percent) received by challenger Steve Fox, Democrat.

In the Los Angeles County Sheriff race, Alex Villanueva received 820,333 votes (50.15 percent), taking a narrow lead over Sheriff Jim McDonnell, who received 815,406 votes (49.85 percent). At press time, provisional ballots were still being counted in the sheriff office race.

The race for two seats on the board of directors for the Antelope Valley Health Care District, which manages Antelope Valley Hospital, showed the top two winners to be Phil Tuso at 32,525 votes (40.07 percent) and Don V. Parazo at 26,835 votes (33.06 percent). Michael P. Rives came in at 21,816 votes (26.87 percent).