By Steven Barkan, Consultant/Campaign Manager for Councilman Mike Bonin
Preliminary results of the Tuesday, March 7 election reveal overwhelming support for Councilmember Mike Bonin’s re-election came from every single neighborhood of the 11th Council District, including heavily-contested Venice, where neighbors backed Bonin with a convincing 54% of the vote. Bonin defeated his closest rival in Venice by 28 percentage points.
Some areas of the district saw more than three out of every four voters choosing Bonin over his rivals. Though there are some provisional and vote-by-mail ballots left to be counted, initial results show that Bonin won 70% of the total votes in his re-election effort, a resounding show of support by neighbors up and down the district who approved of his positive message of getting things done for Westside neighborhoods.
STRONG SUPPORT IN EVERY PART OF THE DISTRICT
119 of the 120 precincts in Council District 11 supported Bonin over his two challengers, including 109 precincts where Bonin won at least 50% of the votes. An astonishing 76% of voters in Mar Vista, home to the Councilmember, supported his re-election; choosing Bonin over his nearest opponent by 63 percentage points. Bonin also enjoyed huge margins of support in Brentwood and Playa del Rey (74%), Pacific Palisades (73%), West Los Angeles/Sawtelle, Del Rey and Playa Vista (72%) and Westchester (70%). The unambiguous result in Venice was particularly meaningful, since it is the home neighborhood of both of Bonin’s challengers, and a focal point for the Councilman’s strategy to end homelessness. Bonin received nearly 70% of the vote in some Venice precincts.
COUNCIL DISTRICT 11 TURNOUT HIGHPOINT FOR LOS ANGELES
Though voter turnout throughout Los Angeles County was much lower than usual for municipal elections, the residents of Council District 11 headed to the polls in larger numbers than neighbors in any other part of the city. Council District 11 turnout was 17.7% – significantly higher than the 11% turnout countywide, and the highest of any council district in Los Angeles.
While Venice only made up roughly 11% of the total votes cast in Bonin’s first election in 2013, the community showed up in greater numbers in Tuesday’s election. Venice and the Marina Peninsula together casted nearly 16% of the ballots in the election. Mar Vista also turned out big, with more than 17% of registered voters there casting ballots, and Westchester represented nearly 16% of the total vote.