When it comes to political campaigns, it’s never too early to start fundraising. That’s why incumbents Gil Cedillo, who represents Council District 1, and Mitch O’Farrell of Council District 13 have held or are planning fundraisers this month even though they have not officially filed to run in the 2017 City Council elections.
Documents filed by Cedillo supporters with the city’s Ethics Commission included an invitation to a Nov. 10 fundraiser at Pok Pok restaurant in Chinatown. Suggested donations ranged from $500 for individuals to $1,400 for couples, according to the invite published by the Cedillo for City Council 2017 committee. Cedillo already has a challenger, Miguel Amaya, to represent the district, which includes all or portions of Cypress Park, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights and Westlake.
Meanwhile, this weekend, a group supporting O’Farrell, whose district includes all or portions of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park and Silver Lake, is scheduled to hold a fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 22, in Echo Park, according to the East Area Progressive Democrats. “Please consider giving what you can to support Mitch and make this community fund-raiser a success as he initiates his re-election effort,” said the group’s email.
Cedillo and O’Farrell, both elected in 2013, are among the six City Council members who have already notified the city about campaign fundraising efforts, according to the Daily News.
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