Election 2022: Horvath overtakes Hertzberg in LA Supervisor race; Luna maintains lead for sheriff

A new round of voting results affecting countywide races in Los Angeles County were tallied on Friday, as the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office continued its march toward counting every ballot from Election Day, Nov. 8.

Here are how the updated tallies from Friday, Nov. 11 affected three countywide races:

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, District 3

West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath has edged ahead of State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys for the first time, a result of additional ballots counted late Friday, Nov. 11.

Horvath led Hertzberg by 670 votes out of 311,784 votes counted so far, a very slim margin that underscores how the race for an open seat on the powerful board remains a nail-biter and most likely will not produce a winner until the last vote is counted.

Horvath, 40, and Hertzberg, 67, both had about 50% of the vote as of Friday night. Hertzberg had led in previous counts but Horvath closed the gap on Wednesday and Thursday, inching ahead on Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office.

FILE – At a District 3, LA County Supervisors debate, Bob Hertzberg, left, gestures while answering a question, while Lindsey Horvath prepares to answer the next question from the moderator. The candidates’ forum took place on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Porter Valley Country Club in Porter Ranch. (photo by Steve Scauzillo/SCNG).

The race to fill the only open seat on the powerful board started in the June primary, when Hertzberg was the top vote-getter, followed closely by Horvath, a member of the WeHo City Council since 2015. Since neither gained more than 50%, the two squared off in the general election on Nov. 8.

Los Angeles County Sheriff

In the race for Los Angeles County Sheriff, retired Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna maintained his substantial lead over Sheriff Alex Villanueva, after additional vote tallies were conducted late Friday.

Luna has about 58% compared to Villanueva’s 42%, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office.

The challenger has collected 235,668 more votes than Villanueva so far.

Former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna (file photo)

The race to elect the next sheriff started in the June primary, when Villanueva got about one-third of the votes but failed to win more than 50%, sending it into a two-person race against Luna, the second-place finisher, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Measure A: Removing an elected sheriff

Measure A, which gives the county Board of Supervisors the power to remove the elected sheriff “for cause,” was winning with 69% of the vote.

The unprecedented measure that adds an amendment to the county charter has led throughout the week by very large margins.

If it passes, the elected Board of Supervisors could initiate what some call “an impeachment” of the sheriff by presenting violations, including law-breaking or blocking the investigation of his own department, that the sheriff would then respond to. Removing a sheriff would take four votes of the five-member board.

The registrar’s office on Wednesday, Nov. 9, had preliminarily estimated that more than 1 million ballots still needed to be processed, including conditional and provisional ballots. But that number is likely much higher, the registrar’s office said, because the initial estimate did not include vote-by-mail ballots that arrived after Election Day or are still on their way.

The registrar’s regular post-election update schedule is every Tuesday and Friday until all ballots are accounted for. The registrar is tentatively scheduled to certify all county elections on Dec. 5.

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