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.