UCLA teacher Octavio Pescador lost last Tuesday’s Council District 13 election, finishing seventh in a field of a dozen candidates. But, if he ever decides to run again, Pescador may win over residents whose pet peeve are the tattered and bleached campaign posters and signs that dot neighborhoods long after election day has passed. On Saturday afternoon, Pescador was in Echo Park, personally removing his large posters that had been taped to shop windows along Sunset Boulevard.
Vandals had made the job easier, ripping down many of the color posters, Pescador said. In fact, during the campaign, his volunteers, which included many of his students, were involved in a daily battle to replace torn down posters.
Pescador may have lost the election (first place finisher Mitch O’Farrell will face second place challenger John Choi in a May 21 runoff) but said he was successful in giving a voice to disenfranchised voters and raising awareness of the responsibilities of the council office among immigrants. He was also proud of his cost effective campaigning. In an email, Pescador said:
Our volunteer team was very effective: a $15K budget sufficed to knock on 10,000+ doors, talk to 6,000 voters directly and obtain 1,199 votes.
If there are still any Pescador’s posters or signs still out there, Pescador said to let him know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.