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60 Votes from Cyclists May Have Pushed Candidate to the Top

David Vehedi
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In last week's primary election, six candidates ran for Council District 5, which spans through portions of the Valley, Hollywood Hills, Westside, Century City and Pico/Robertson (see a PDF map here). Two candidates, with a difference of 60 votes, made it to the May 19th runoff. The lesser known David Vahedi shot up to the top past longtime politician Paul Koretz, who over a 25 year career has been a West Hollywood Councilman and State Assemblyman. Speaking on an online panel at the LA Bike Summit this past weekend, Ted Rogers from the blog BikingInLA, told the audience the power of one vote. He asked every candidate from the 5th District to give a statement on bicycling issues and how they would address them as a councilperson. Four responded, including Vehedi--his answer was the most thorough, showing off his bicycle savvy and policy ideas for it in the city. Koretz did not respond.