City Council candidates to crowd the March ballot

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Next year’s municipal elections will find 12 candidates running for Council District 13 and three for Council District 1, according to a final list of qualified candidates compiled by the L.A. Times.   The candidates, which include former neighborhood council presidents, activists and city officials,  were qualified after the City Clerk verified signatures on petitions submitted by each office seeker. One notable candidate who did not qualify for the March 5 election was actor and former Silver Lake Neighborhood Council member Scott Crawford, who was the first candidate to officially announce he was running for Council District 13.

“It is with a heavy heart that I tell you I will not be a candidate for City Council in 2013,” said Crawford on his campaign Facebook page. “Unfortunately, despite a valiant effort, our signatures did not qualify for the ballot.”

But even without Crawford running, voters in Council District 13,  which includes Atwater, Echo Park, Silver Lake and other neighborhoods, will have a dozen candidates to  choose from in the March election. The successful candidate will replace Eric Garcetti, the Silver Lake resident who is termed out of his council seat and is now running for mayor.

Meanwhile, in Council District 1, which includes Cypress Park, Lincoln Heights and Mt. Washington,  three candidates are running for the seat now held by Councilman Ed Reyes, who is also termed out.

Click on the link below to view a list of council candidates by district.

Council District 1 Candidates
Gilbert Cedillo, 45th District State Assemblyman
Jose A. Gardea, Chief of Staff to Councilman Ed Reyes
Jesse Rosas

Council District 13 Candidates

John Choi, former City Commissioner
Alexander Cruz de Ocampo, foundation director
Roberto Haraldson, business owner
Sam Kbushyan, East Hollywood Neighborhood Council Member
Emile Mack; Assistant Fire Chief
Robert Negrete, District Director for State Senator Alex Padilla
Mitch O’Farrell, former Council District 13 deputy
Octavio Pescador; university professor
Gen. Josh Post, state Deputy Attorney
Michael Schaefer, business owner
Jose Sigala; former President of the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council
Matt Szabo; former aide to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa


  1. I’m gonna bet that before we get to that successful replacement for Eri Garcetti, there’ll most likely be a run-off between the top two vote getters from the March 5election. The odds seem pretty stacked against any one of those 12 candidates pulling in a majority of the ballots cast.

  2. Go Mitch!!!!!!!!

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