Democratic state Assemblyman Gil Cedillo today announced that he will seek to replace outgoing Ed Reyes on the Los Angeles City Council as representative of Council District 1, which includes portions of Echo Park, Highland Park and Lincoln Heights. The former labor leader formalized his candidacy for the 2013 election as he faces term limits on his 45th Assembly District seat. Cedillo said in a statement, said:
Today, I am announcing my candidacy for City Council District 1 because we need bold and experienced leadership to strengthen and protect the Los Angeles Dream. I have been honored to represent portions of Los Angeles in the California State Assembly and State Senate over the past fourteen years and I look forward to going to City Hall, where I will continue to fight for jobs, affordable housing, and public safety.
Cedillo, who grew up in Boyle Heights, lost a 2009 bid to represent the 32nd Congressional district when he was defeated by Judy Chu.
Reyes is termed out as City Councilman. In September, Reyes’ chief of staff, Jose Gardea, announced his intention to run in the 2013 election.