Since mid-July, thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump have gathered every Saturday for a “Freedom Rally” held at Beverly Gardens Park. The sound of cars honking their horns, signaling their approval, has been heard throughout the Business Triangle. On Oct. 31, roughly 4,000 people gathered for the rally, making it the largest turnout yet. In the days leading up to the Nov. 3 General Election, the City streets flooded with a sea of red hats that read “Make America Great Again” and blue flags that read “Trump 2020.” However, despite the community’s apparent standing as a hub for Trump supporters, the majority of Beverly Hills voters cast their ballot in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden. According to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s semi-official canvass statement of votes cast by community released on Election Day, 15,436 residents of the City voted in the 2020 Presidential Election. Of those, 8,666 votes went to Biden and 6,329 votes were cast for Trump.
Beverly Hills residents have also cast their votes in the General Election for the City’s Ballot Measure RP and three members of the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education.
According to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, as of press time, 73.39 percent of Beverly Hills residents approved Measure RP with 9,877 votes. Now approved, the measure will prevent the loss of local sales tax revenue to regional control, retaining the funds for local use under local control.
At press time, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk has reported that Mary Wells, Noah Margo and Dr. Amanda Stern are the three victorious candidates in the Beverly Hills Unified School District School Board election. Wells received 19.43 percent of the vote, for a total of 5,374 ballots cast in her favor. Margo (the only incumbent) received 19.35 percent of the vote, for a total of 5,353 ballots and Stern, 17.52 percent of the vote, for a total of 4,845 ballots.
“Based on the most recent election results, I’m thrilled to see that my campaign and plan for our school district resonated with the community and I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the BHUSD Governing Board. I want to thank all of the community leaders, parents, and students who supported me throughout this campaign. As a first time candidate for public office, I was overwhelmed by the amount of support I received. I am very excited to get to work to ensure that our children have access to the highest quality education available,” Wells told the Courier.
“Without having the final count, I am delighted at the election results so far,” Margo told the Courier. “The race was hard fought, and I appreciate all of the candidates who took the time and energy to run. I look forward to continuing to serve our community and especially our students.” The victory marks Margo’s third term on the Board.
“I am happy that the voters demonstrated their support and faith in my ability to serve the board,” Stern told the Courier. The County reported a total of 26,854 votes were cast in the school board election.
Trailing slightly behind Stern, Tryfman came in at 16.90 percent of the vote, with 4,675 ballots cast in her favor. The remaining candidates Benjamin Liker, Frank Chechel and Robin Rowe garnered garnered 2,725, 2,642 and 2,044 votes, respectively.
Beverly Hills residents also voted in California’s 50th State Assembly district race, in which incumbent Richard Bloom defeated Will Hess. Bloom earned 81.16 percent of the ballots cast, or 148,378 votes. Also on the ballot was United States Representative for California’s 33rd congressional district, which Democratic incumbent Ted Lieu defeated Republican James Bradley, accumulating 68.7 percent of the vote, or 222,298 votes.
In the race for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, challenger George Gascon emerged victorious over incumbent Jackie Lacey. Gascon earned 53.72 percent of the votes, or 1,655,481 votes and Lacey garnered 46.28 percent, or 1,426,459 votes.