City Council candidates count up contributions

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The candidates seeking to replace termed out city councilmen Eric Garcetti and Ed Reyes in next year’s elections have raised nearly $800,000 in financial support so far, according to mid-year contribution figures complied by the city’s Ethics Commission.

In the race for Reyes’ Council District 1 seat, which includes Cypress Park as well as Lincoln Heights and Angeleno Heights, two candidates–Jose Gardea, Reyes’ chief of staff, and state assemblyman Gil Cedillo–have raised nearly all of the approximately $300,000 reported as of June 30, according to the commission website. Gardea pulled in more than $193,000 in contributions while Cedillo collected about $112,000.

In the crowded race for Council District 13–which includes Atwater Village as well as portions of Echo Park, Hollywood and Silver Lake–the candidates looking to replace Garcetti, who is running for mayor, reported more than $472,000 in contributions. Former Board of Public Works member John Choi lead the pack with contributions of $111,789, followed by Emile Mack with $72,384 and Alexander Cruz De Ocampo with $67,791.

Tuesday was the last day candidates were supposed to file their fundraising results through June 30. However, the results could still change since City Ethics staff will continue to update their website as they process information submitted on paper, said a commission staff member.

Click on the link below for a breakdown of contributions raised by candidates running in Council District and 13.

Click on candidates’ names for details on who contributed how much to each campaign.

Council District 1 Contributions* as of June 30

Jose Gardea $193,057
Gil Cedillo $112,714
Jesus Rosas $977
William Morrison+ $200

Council District 13 Contributions* as of June 30

John Choi $111,789
Emile Mack $72,384
Alexander Cruz De Ocampo $67,791
Bong Hwan Kim* $51,800
Josh Post $51,370
Mitch O’Farrell $43,381
Sam Kbushyan $25,105
Jose Sigala $25,031
Scott Crawford $23,813
Stefano Formica $243


* The mid-year contribution figures may include loans.
** Bong Hwan Kim, former head of the city agency that oversees neighborhood councils,  announced last month he will be moving to take a new job in San Diego.
+ Candidate provided figures.


Source: City Ethics Commission


  1. No one has more understanding, more heart and will fight more for this community than Mitch O’Farrell. No one! Hear that, John Choi? Have you visited the Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Tract lately, Mr. Choi? People do not and will not forget.

    • More heart no Eric

      All that and he can’t even get his boss to support him. I guess that would be like not getting a letter of recommendation for your next job. As for Choi, with 15 candidates, money doesn’t matter and campaign contributors (developers) by and large don’t vote in this district.

      • I wouldn’t consider support from Eric Garcetti a good thing.

        • More heart no Eric

          You wouldn’t consider support from Eric a good thing yet the candidate your are crying over works for Eric – that’s great political logic.

          • Where have you been More heart no Eric? Mitch O’Farrell has not been with Garcetti’s office since February 2012.

          • More heart no Eric

            Wow, all the way since February! How long did he work for Eric? Can he get that stench off?

  2. To the Hawks and Black Walnut forest now gone….. we will not forget.

  3. Every candidate Eric Garcetti has endorsed recently has lossed big time. So, that’s great for Mitch.

  4. What questions to ask the field and who can be depended upon to maintain
    integrity and balance?
    Where do they stand on reforming Neighborhood Councils that drain neighborhoods of vitality and City funds?

  5. guys,mitch lives outside the district ,he and his partner bought a home there.

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