LOS ANGELES-Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles will face fellow Democrat Tina Simon McKinnor in a runoff June 7 to fill the vacant 62nd Assembly District seat.
Pullen-Miles led the field of four Democrats with 37.21% of the vote while McKinnor was second with 35.38%, according to semi-official results released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Tuesday night.
Because no candidate received a majority, a runoff between Pullen- Miles and McKinnor will be held June 7, coinciding with the statewide primary election. The winner will serve until Dec. 4.
``As your next Assemblymember, I will do for our district what I have already done as mayor and council member -- create good-paying jobs, help small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, combat our homelessness crisis and keep our communities safe and thriving,'' Pullen-Miles said in announcing his candidacy.
Hawthorne City Councilwoman Angie Reyes English was third with 14.07% and Venice Neighborhood Council member Nico Ruderman fourth with 13.35%.
“We went up against a mayor who had super pack money [referring to Pullen-Miles], stated Mike Trujillo, Ruderman’s campaign manager.
“Nico ran a campaign about issues he cared about,” Trujillo added. “The other candidates received special interest money–and Nico didn’t. All of his contributions came from within his district.”
The 62nd district stretches from Venice in the north, Lawndale on the south, the unincorporated Westmont and West Athens areas on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west.
It also includes El Segundo, Hawthorne and Inglewood; as well as Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Del Rey, and the unincorporated communities of Del Aire, Lennox and Marina del Rey.
Turnout was 7.78%. The special election was triggered by Autumn R. Burke's resignation Feb. 1 citing family priorities.
Pullen-Miles, Burke's district director, announced his candidacy for the seat Feb. 1 and received Burke's endorsement that day.
All four candidates will also be on the June 7 ballot for the full two-year term in the redistricted 61st Assembly District, along with environmental consultant James Arlandus Spencer, a Republican.