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Englander Wins Easily

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COUNCIL DISTRICT 12


DINESH "DANNY" LAKHANPAL1631.98
KELLY M. LORD, JR.5366.51
BRAD SMITH1,98624.12
NAVRAJ "SINGH" SINGH4635.62
ARMINEH CHELEBIAN3013.66
MITCHELL ENGLANDER4,78458.11



In an outcome that was surprising to no one, Mitchell Englander, the oft-demonized Chief of Staff to outgoing Councilman Greig Smith, handily won the District 12 Councilman seat with 58% of the vote.

Englander's formidable war chest, stoked by business donations that many feared would make for troubling obligations, by far outstripped that of any other candidate. Englander also had the heftiest list of endorsements, including that of the Los Angeles Times, The Daily News, and lefty Congressman Brad Sherman.

Granada Hills Neighborhood Council Member Brad Smith, the second-biggest vote getter and the only candidate to secure the endorsement of the Democratic Party of L.A. County, brought in 24% of votes, not nearly enough to topple his "anointed" opponent or even to force a run off,…