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
Council District 13 Contributions* as of June 30
|Alexander Cruz De Ocampo||$67,791|
|Bong Hwan Kim*||$51,800|
* 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