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LA City Council District 4: What We Know So Far

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(Last updated 11:58 p.m. Tuesday)

Keep in mind that even after all precincts have been counted, there will still be ballots to count. In some cases, it could be weeks before the official outcome is clear.

Sarah Kate Levy4,21815.62%
Nithya Raman9,12433.79%
David Ryu*13,66350.59%

* Incumbent

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LA City Council District 4 is shown in purple. (Courtesy of the City of Los Angeles)

The competition for Council District 4 (CD4) pits incumbent Councilmember David Ryu against two well-organized and well-funded progressive competitors: Nithya Raman and Sarah Kate Levy.

The race is the most expensive of L.A.'s current contests.


All candidates have made homelessness and housing the center of their campaigns. Last year's annual homeless count found the number of people on the street in CD4 jumped 53% — the highest jump of any council district in the city.


  • David Ryu (incumbent): First elected in 2015, Ryu chairs the Health, Education, and Neighborhood Councils Committee
  • Nithya Raman: Cofounder of homelessness nonprofit SELAH, former director of Time's Up Entertainment
  • Sarah Kate Levy: Writer, head of the National Women's Political Caucus in L.A.

Ryu touts his work on finding sites for homeless shelters and housing. He has also proposed declaring a local "emergency" on homelessness, and giving the mayor special power to site shelter and housing.

Raman proposes a rent freeze and stronger protections for low-income renters at risk of falling into homelessness.

Levy says she would focus on increasing the production of new housing.

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