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Los Angeles City Councilmember Nithya Raman secures reelection

Los Angeles City Councilmember Nithya Raman was reelected for a second term Thursday to represent Council District 4, gaining the majority over her two challengers. 

The latest vote tally found that Raman received 50.6 percent of the vote, Deputy City Attorney Ethan Weaver with 38.6 percent, and software engineer Levon Baronian with 10.7 percent, Los Angeles Times reported. 

“I’m truly grateful to everyone who took the time to share their passion for the city with us,” said Raman in a statement, Los Angeles Times reported. “And I really look forward to carrying that sense of optimism and insistence on a better L.A. with me over the next four years.”

Raman first won in 2020, becoming the first South Asian and first Asian American woman elected to the Los Angeles City Council.

Weaver, who was backed by funding from the LAPD union and real-estate groups and ran on aspirations to reduce city-wide homelessness and crime, released a concession statement Thursday, according to ABC7

“First and foremost, I want to congratulate Councilmember Raman,” said Weaver in his statement, ABC7 reported. “She ran an incredibly well organized, hard-fought campaign. She stayed true to her core values and principles, even when that elicited criticism. She stood firm in her beliefs and I admire that. Councilmember Raman also never ducked an opportunity to debate, even on unfriendly turf.”

Raman said the poll results make her “proud to be an Angeleno,” noting that voters rejected the large amount of funding that Weaver received from different unions, ABC7 reported.

Acknowledging the city’s problem of homelessness, Raman stressed the role the city must play in providing essential services to homeless communities. 

“There is a lot of frustration and anger out there and to be honest, I feel that same frustration,” said Raman to ABC7. “But to me, what this vote, what this outcome represents is that Angelenos want to respond to homelessness in the right way. By offering housing, by offering services, by doing work that can really move people indoors and off the streets — not just shuffle them from sidewalk to sidewalk as the city has been doing for so long.”

Noting the work she has accomplished during her term, Raman said she will continue to work to reduce homelessness, introduce greater tenant protections, improve the environment and reform city government, according to the Eastsider.

“All of our work is about rebuilding trust in city leadership, which has been so shaken by scandal after scandal,” said Raman, the Eastsider reported. “L.A. needs to be able to have faith that its leaders are working on behalf of residents, not corporations and special interests.”

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