Officer, Assemblyman Head to Council Runoff

LAPD Officer Joe Buscaino and Assemblyman Warren Furutani led nine other candidates in Tuesday's District 15 election

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011  |  Updated 8:43 AM PDT
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Officer Joe Buscaino and Assemblyman Warren Furutani will square off in a January runoff election for city council.

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A police officer and a state legislator were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's 15th District City Council election -- a race for the seat vacated by Janice Hahn.

Election Results | Candidate Joe Buscaino | Candidate Warren Furutani

LAPD Officer Joe Buscaino and Assemblyman Warren Furutani will square off Jan. 17 in a runoff election. Eleven candidates were running for the seat in a district that stretches from Watts to San Pedro.

Buscaino led with 29 percent of the vote. Furutani claimed 22 percent. About 16 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's election.

Neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote, requiring the January runoff.

The seat was left vacant in July when Hahn was elected to Congress to replace Jane Harman, who stepped down to join at foreign policy group in Washington.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League spent $72,285 to support  Buscaino. Furutani received support from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Los Angeles County Democratic  Party, the Teamsters and labor unions representing government workers.

Related: Five Lessons From California Elections

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