Elections 2022: Hilda Solis headed for reelection to LA County Board of Supervisors

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In the race for the First District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, early results showed incumbent Hilda Solis with a commanding lead Tuesday night.

Results tallied early Wednesday gave Solis 73% of the vote, well ahead of La Puente City Councilman David Argudo, who is second with 8%. Kevin Dalton was third.

Solis, who has occupied the seat for the past eight years, is facing a suburban city councilmember, a sheriff’s deputy and two others.

Complete election results here 

The First District includes much of the San Gabriel Valley plus Los Angeles communities of Chinatown, Silverlake, Cypress Park, Echo Park, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, East Los Angeles and others. In the SGV, the district includes: Monterey Park, Alhambra, Rosemead, San Gabriel, Montebello, El Monte, South El Monte, Baldwin Park, La Puente, Industry, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, West Covina, Covina, Azusa, Irwindale, Walnut, Diamond Bar and Pomona.

Trying to spoil Solis’ re-election bid are David E. Argudo, 51, a La Puente City Council member; Brian Smith of Asuza, 43, an LA. County Sheriff’s deputy; Kevin Dalton of Pomona, 45, a father, yoga instructor and entrepreneur; and Tammy Solis, 47, a businesswoman from West Covina.

The results from vote-by-mail ballots and in-person voting were being counted Tuesday, the night of the election primary. Should a candidate receive 50% of the vote plus one vote more, they’ll win outright and take their seat in December. If nobody wins tonight, the top two vote-getters will square off in the Nov. 8 general election.

Solis is the candidate to beat and held an overwhelming lead throughout the night. She’s been in governmental office for 37 years, serving on the Rio Hondo College Board, in the legislature, in Congress, as labor secretary for President Barack Obama, and most recently on the Board of Supervisors.

Solis is chair of the Board of Supervisors and the L.A. Metro board. She’s been active in public health, housing, the homeless crisis, environmental issues and transportation. “At a time when steady leadership is needed most, I am and will continue to be a strong voice for equality and justice for all,” she wrote in an emailed response for a previous article a few weeks ago.

She’s running on her record, which includes helping pass Measure H in 2017, a one-quarter cent sales tax that raises about $355 million annually to combat homelessness, rolling out free COVID-19 vaccination clinics, free bus/rail rides for K-12 and community college students and helping to build affordable housing for unhoused and low-income people.

La Puente City Council member Argudo believes in a bottom-up approach, saying he would consult with the local cities and communities before passing sweeping policies.

In a previous article, Argudo criticized the Board of Supervisors for not providing adequate funding for the Sheriff’s Department, saying it led to increased crime in his city and other cities that rely on the county to protect their residents. “We should at least get (the budget) back to the levels that they were,” he said.

Sheriff’s Deputy Smith says he will build a strong team that’s efficient and transparent. Smith wants to investigate how money for the homeless is spent and wants to work with faith-based nonprofits.

Entrepreneur Dalton says if there are things he doesn’t know, he can find the right people that do. On the issue of homelessness and affordable housing, Dalton said in an emailed response from an earlier article: “I propose a place where people can go for complete rehabilitation, with every service you can think of, including mental health and addition treatments, and job training.”

Tammy Solis did not leave any contact information with the Registrar-Recorder’s Office.