How many candidates can fit on the 13th Council District ballot?

There better be room for at least 12 names on next year’s ballot for the Council District 13 election.  L.A. Now reports that John Choi, an Echo Park resident and a member of the city’s Board of Public Works,  has become the 12th candidate to enter the race to replace termed-out Eric Garcetti as representative of Council District 13, which includes portions of Atwater, Echo Park , Hollywood and Silver Lake.  Choi is also the third Korean-American to compete in the election, which will be held in March 2013.

Choi’s biography on the Department of Public Works website provides some details about his background:

Choi previously served as Economic Development Director for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, a chartered Central Labor Council of the National AFL-CIO that represents over 800,000 workers and over 350 affiliated unions. He also served as Special Assistant to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and as Senior Area Coordinator for Los Angeles City Councilmember Martin Ludlow.

The list of candidates may grow even longer, with Matt Szabo, Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, also expected to run for the council seat, according to L.A. Now.

Photo from Board of Public Works website


  1. Haven’t you done enough damage, Mr. Choi? What happened to the Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Tract? Weren’t you appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Public Works by Mayor Tony? Explain yourself??????

  2. The first two words of the LA Now headline about Choi’s candidacy announcement are “Villaraigosa Appointee…” For me, that’s a liability, not an asset.

  3. If its true what Will says about Choi being a Villaraigos Appointee, I will NOT vote for him and there’s plenty of other who will also not for him. Villaraigosa has been a “snake” and anyone that is apointed by him is bad.

  4. I believe that my comment sent in earlier that was factual was censored.

    Furthermore, even if you took out portions, asking when the candidates would
    be debating cannot be detrimental to public information.

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