“I never take anything for granted, and I was eagerly anticipating the results to avoid a runoff and to get to Sacramento as quickly as possible,” Fuentes said late Tuesday. “I’m absolutely excited and humbled that the voters decided who they wanted to represent them so quickly.” Fuentes, 35, garnered the backing of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and was widely considered the favorite. Fuentes was chief deputy to state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Van Nuys, when Padilla served on the City Council. Before that, Fuentes served as an aide to former Mayor James Hahn. Bonilla, 54, was the sole Republican in a heavily Democratic district. Bonilla is an internal auditor for the Los Angeles Unified School District, a job he came to recently after retiring from IBM. Democrat Felipe Fuentes eked out a win over his four challengers and will represent Panorama City and Van Nuys in the state Assembly, according to unofficial returns. Fuentes received 50.86 percent of the ballots cast for the 39th Assembly District – slightly more than the 50 percent plus one vote he needed to avert a July 10 runoff. Republican Jose Bonilla and Democrats Eric Dwight Rothenay, Felipe “Phillip” Siordia and Margie Carranza also were vying for the seat. The seat was vacated in March when Assemblyman Richard Alarc n stepped aside and returned to the Los Angeles City Council, taking advantage of an extension to term limits. Rothenay, who graduated from St. Genevieve High School in Panorama City and California State University, Northridge, works for Los Angeles County. Rothenay previously ran for the City Council seat held by Tony C rdenas. Siordia, 49, of Mission Hills formerly worked for Anheuser-Busch as a manager and now runs Brewline Coffee. Also making a second run for office was Carranza, 54, of Panorama City. The retired administrative assistant ran against Alarc n for City Council in March and said her decision to run for the Assembly was based on what she learned in that race and the urging of supporters. [email protected] (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!