Former Echo Park neighborhood council president Jose Sigala today picked up the high-profile endorsement of Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina in his bid to become councilman of the 13th District, which includes Atwater, Echo Park, Silver Lake and other neighborhoods. Molina, one of the most prominent elected officials in Los Angeles, praised Sigala as having “the professional and community credentials to be an effective leader and City Council Member in City Hall.”
Sigala is running against 11 other candidates seeking to replace Councilman Eric Garcetti, who is termed out of office and running for mayor. Sigala, who has worked in city as well as state government, headed the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council for six years, a period in which he spearheaded several cleans up and neighborhood projects but also attracted intense criticism from opponents and former supporters.
Candidates in the Council District 13 and Council District 1 races are scheduled to appear tonight during a candidate forum in Echo Park.