With 56 percent of the votes, Councilman Alex Padilla won the Democratic primary for the 20th Senate seat, which all but assures his win in November for the heavily Democratic district. Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez, who will leave her 39th District Assembly seat next year, conceded the race early Wednesday morning and announced she will run for Padilla’s City Council seat in a special election later this year. “The votes we’re getting are results, that people recognize that I’ve been fighting for the Valley for the last seven years,” Padilla said. Padilla is vying for the seat of termed-out Sen. Richard Alarcón, whose district covers the San Fernando Valley from Sylmar to Van Nuys to Canoga Park. Padilla highlighted his experience balancing city budgets, securing funds to build the new Children’s Museum at Hansen Dam and trying to protect funding for local governments. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2It’s been a closely watched race between two of the Democratic Party’s rising stars. Montañez, an assemblywoman and former mayor of San Fernando, nabbed the support of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Alarcón. Padilla, a Los Angeles city councilman since 1999 and former president of the council, garnered endorsements from much of the Los Angeles City Council and the state’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Both Montañez and Padilla pledged to fight for more transportation and infrastructure funding for the Valley, and work to get more police officers for the area. Montañez touted her Assembly record and her focus on urban environmental cleanup, health care and consumer protections, including drafting the Used Car Buyers Bill of Rights.