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2005 Los Angeles mayoral election

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2005 Los Angeles mayoral election

← 2001 March 8, 2005 (2005-03-08) and May 17, 2005 (2005-05-17) 2009 →
Antonio Villaraigosa portrait (1).jpg
James Hahn at the Long Beach Port (1).jpg
Robert Hertzberg (1).jpg
Candidate Antonio Villaraigosa James Hahn Robert Hertzberg
Party Democratic Democratic Democratic
First round vote 136,242 97,049 90,495
First round percentage 33.10% 23.58% 21.99%
Runoff vote 289,116 203,968
Runoff percentage 58.6% 41.4%

Bernard C. Parks 2010 (1).jpg
Candidate Bernard C. Parks
Party Democratic
First round vote 55,808
First round percentage 13.56%

Mayor before election

James Hahn

Elected Mayor

Antonio Villaraigosa

The 2005 election for Mayor of Los Angeles took place on March 8, 2005, with a run-off election on May 17, 2005. In a rematch of the 2001 election, Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa defeated the sitting mayor, James Hahn, becoming the city's first Hispanic mayor since the 19th century.[1]


Philanthropist Eli Broad endorsed Hahn. State Senator Gil Cedillo, Councilman Eric Garcetti, and Councilman Cindy Miscikowski, who all endorsed Villaraigosa in 2001, switched sides and endorsed Hahn.[2]

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promised Hahn that he would not participate in the election. As such, Schwarzenegger did not endorse any candidates, however he has expressed broad support for Hertzberg's plan to break up the Los Angeles Unified School District. His Education Secretary, and former mayor of Los Angeles, Richard Riordan campaigned heavily for Hertzberg.[3]


Although Villaraigosa garnered the plurality of votes in the general election, his lack of an outright majority forced a special election between him and the incumbent Hahn. With less than 34% of registered voters participating, Villaraigosa won the runoff.

With his election, Villaraigosa became the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since 1872.[2] Hahn became the first incumbent to lose re-election in 32 years since Sam Yorty lost to Tom Bradley in the 1973 Los Angeles mayoral election.[4]

Primary election

Los Angeles mayoral primary election, March 8, 2005[5][6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Antonio Villaraigosa 136,242 33.10% +2.67%
Democratic James Hahn (incumbent) 97,049 23.58% -1.47%
Democratic Robert Hertzberg 90,495 21.99%
Democratic Bernard C. Parks 55,808 13.56%
Democratic Richard Alarcon 14,815 3.60%
Republican Walter Moore 11,409 2.77%
Peace and Freedom Wendy Lyons 1,963 0.48%
Independent Addie M. Miller 1,287 0.31%
Reform Martin Luther King Aubrey, Sr. 868 0.21%
Republican Bill Wyatt 762 0.19%
Socialist Workers Bruce Harry Darian 512 0.12%
American Independent Ted Crisell 394 0.10%
Total votes 411,604 100.00
Turnout 420,570 28.53% -5.00%
Registered electors 1,474,186

General election

Los Angeles mayoral general election, May 17, 2005[7][8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Antonio Villaraigosa 289,116 58.63% +12.16%
Democratic James Hahn (incumbent) 203,968 41.37% -12.16%
Total votes 493,084 100.00
Turnout 498,729 33.94% -3.73%
Registered electors 1,469,296
Democratic hold Swing

References and footnotes

  1. ^ Zahniser, David (18 May 2005). "Villaraigosa cruises to victory". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b Garrison, Jessica (February 8, 2005). "A Second Chance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  3. ^ Gold, Matea; McGreevy, Patrick (February 26, 2005). "Hertzberg Gets a Lift From Gov". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  4. ^ "Update: Villaraigosa Defeats Hahn | Los Angeles Business Journal". Los Angeles Business Journal. May 18, 2005. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  5. ^ "City of Los Angeles Primary Nominating & Consolidated Elections Official Election Results March 8, 2005" (PDF). Office of the City Clerk, City of Los Angeles. March 26, 2005. p. 2.
  6. ^ "Los Angeles Mayor - Primary". Our Campaigns.
  7. ^ a b Officially all candidates are non-partisan.
  8. ^ "City of Los Angeles General Municipal & Consolidated Elections Official Election Results May 17, 2005" (PDF). Office of the City Clerk, City of Los Angeles. May 31, 2005.
  9. ^ "Los Angeles Mayor". Our Campaigns.

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