Garcetti issues endorsement – finally – in Council District 13 race

O’Farrell mailer promoting Garcetti endorsement

With less than a week to go until next Tuesday’s city election,  termed-out councilman Eric Garcetti today endorsed his former council aide Mitch O’Farrell to replace him as representative of Council District 13.

Garcetti’s last-minute endorsement comes as O’Farrell is engaged in an increasingly testy campaign with rival John Choi, a labor organizer and former Public Works Commissioner, over who will represent the district, which stretches from  Echo Park and Silver Lake to Atwater Village and portions of Hollywood.  Garcetti, in a statement, said:

‘Mitch O’Farrell is the best choice to carry on the work I’ve been doing in the 13th District. He deserves your vote,’ Garcetti said. ‘John Choi is a fine public servant with a track record of accomplishment. But Mitch brings unmatched experience in the district to continue our forward momentum.’

While Garcetti, who is running for mayor,  did not release his endorsement until this morning, O’Farrell’s campaign issued a statement yesterday and sent out a  mailer (pictured) trumpeting the Garcetti endorsement.

O’Farrell left his job with Council District 13 after Garcetti said he could not work on the staff while campaigning.

Despite not receiving Garcetti’s endorsement, Choi’s campaign is bolstered with a substantial amount of financial support from  a combination of campaign contributions and independent expenditures, which are not limited by city regulations, by public employee unions and special interest groups.

Spending on Choi’s campaign has totaled totaled more than $1.2 million, or nearly three times as much as much backing the O’Farrell campaing, according to recent estimates.

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  1. I’ve been receiving innumerable mailers from John Choi, in which he (Choi) describes himself in gory detail, then claims that every bad thing he lists describes Mitch O’Farrel. Um, I don’t think so, Mr. Choi, but your upside down confessions are interesting. Have a nice retirement!

  2. Choi would be awful for the district. Electronic billboards and condos all over Elysian Park — that is his vision for the district. He may have the deep pockets of the billboard companies and the unions supporting him, but the ACTUAL COPS I’ve asked have all thrown their support behind Mitch O’Farrell. That’s why I support O’Farrell too!

  3. Nice to read that Mr. Garcetti endorsed Mitch O’Farrell. Mitch has proven himself time after time.

  4. Thanks Eric!!!
    Now you will get my vote.

  5. I recently saw a turnout map of the primary election, showing that west side and valley districts had much higher turnout than east side and south LA districts. I wonder if the heated Choi/O’Farrell race will increase turnout in district 13. If so, that should boost Garcetti’s chances.

  6. I guess they kissed and made up now…..

  7. Eric has been an absolute turd with regard to his refusal to earlier endorse Mitch. Mitch is the obvious choice for the community and I hope everyone reading this blog can help get the vote out on election day. We need Mitch for our community.

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