Who would willingly subject themselves to serve on the neighborhood council for Echo Park? The residents who serve on the unpaid, advisory board have to sit through some unruly –albeit entertaining – meetings, fight off grievances and also rely on one of the most criticized city departments for support. Still, this month’s round of neighborhood council elections finds no shortage of candidates, including 29 candidates running for 21 seats on the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council, said council president Jose Sigala. Meanwhile, 27 candidates are running in Silver Lake, 13 in Atwater and 9 in Rampart Village.
This Echo Park council candidates include an 18-year-old as well as several teachers, said Sigala, who is facing two opponents who want to replace him as president. So far, no candidates forum has been scheduled before the March 20 election, Sigala said. However, many of candidates have included a brief statement posted on the City Clerk’s website in two locations: here and here. (click on the names that appear on the PDF for statements). Ballots will be cast on Saturday, March 20 from 2 PM to 8 PM at Central City Action Committee, 634 E. Edgeware Road.
Other neighborhood councils holding elections the same day:
Atwater Village: Certified Candidates & Write-In Candidates
Rampart Village: Certified Candidates & Write-In Candidates
Silver Lake: Certified Candidates & Write-In Candidates