Hogan-Rowles advocates a run-off election

imageWhile incumbent Bernard Parks celebrated his supposed victory early Wednesday morning, opponent Forescee Hogan-Rowles said emphatically, “It’s not over.”

Parks garnered 50.89 percent of the vote to Hogan-Rowles’s 43.99 percent. But with 1,800 to 3,000 ballots yet to be counted in Los Angeles City Council District 8, Hogan-Rowles still believes in the possibility of a run-off election.

“While the results of the election are inconclusive as of tonight, I’m proud that we’ve got Bernard Parks on the ropes,” said Hogan-Rowles in a statement Wednesday. “And he’s desperately swinging and missing.

“Given the trends we saw as the results came in tonight, we are in a position to force a runoff.”

Parks’ press secretary Dennis Gleason told Neon Tommy that while the Parks respects Hogan-Rowles’ desire to see all the votes counted, the results of the election will most likely stay the same.

“Based on our number-crunching last night, she would have to get somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 percent of the remaining ballots,” Gleason said.

Hogan-Rowles expects the final ballot count will come out late Wednesday.

Stay tuned for updates on Intersections South LA.

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Bernard Parks celebrates election in Leimert Park

“Celebrate good times, com’on!” blares over the PA system as Councilmember Bernard Parks walks into the ballroom of the Regency West. The room is filled with supporters and journalists.

“I have every reason to be optimistic,” said Parks. “We’ve done everything right.”

Right now, the incumbent is ahead 54 percent to competitor Forescee Hogan-Rowles’s 42 percent.