Richelle Huizar launches campaign to succeed her husband Jose Huizar as 14th District council rep

Richelle Huizar is a candidate for Los Angeles Council District 14

Richelle Huizar, wife of 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar, today officially announced her campaign to succeed her husband when he is termed out of office in 2020.

The announcement is not exactly a surprise. Her husband last year told the L.A. Times that his wife, an attorney and advocate on a wide variety of causes, was interested in filling his seat on the council once his third term is over.

The district includes all or portions of Boyle Heights, Downtown, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Hermon, Highland Park and Monterey Hills.

“While we have seen great improvements throughout the district, more work lies ahead,” Huizar said in a statement. “We must ramp up our efforts to address homelessness, innovate the city’s approach to affordable housing, build stronger partnerships to protect our neighborhood schools, and improve the delivery of basic services to our constituents.”

The Huizar’s marriage was put under five years ago when the councilman publicly admitted that he had a “consensual relationship” with a former aide who claimed he had sexually harassed her. The lawsuit over those  was eventually settled.

The couple live in Boyle Heights with their four children.

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  1. Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar excels at the task of public relations related self-promotion.

    I haven’t seen anything from the 14 other council members that can match Huizar’s perpetual soft-sell ad campaign for name recognition, maybe because his tactics straddle the line of questionable ethics.

    From banners strung from historic DTLA movie palaces featuring Jose Huizars headshot photograph announcing the “Back to Broadway Festival Presented by First District Councilmember Jose Huizar” to banners displayed along the perimeter fence of elementary schools in Eagle Rock proclaiming a school garden or holiday festival funded by Councilmember Jose Huizar.

    These are the same type of events that all councilmembers help to coordinate within their districts and select to receive funding from their officeholder discretionary spending accounts; however, none are as diligent or as blatant as Huizar in taking the credit to himself for the purpose of enhancing his image among voters within his district to assure his reelection and potential voters citywide in preparation for a future campaign for Mayor.

    • I mean, that’s kind of the game… seems like you’re complaining that he’s better at it than his peers?

      I think he’d make a decent mayor. But I like his policies and programs, so I guess I’m biased 😉

      • He shows up at seemingly every community event, many of which his office has initiated. He hires generally excellent people to staff the local CD14 offices. He is very personable, responds to community concerns and honors people who make a significant contribution through volunteer work or charity. Richelle has been as involved in the various neighborhoods as Jose has, in their efforts to make her known in the district. Yes, she has the advantage of his incumbency. It works for me.

    • The Huizars are omnipresent in the district, showing up at every imaginable event, many of which are initiated by his staff. Jose has hired responsive, intelligent staffers for the local field offices who answer phone calls and emails. Jose listens to complaints and honors people who volunteer or make any kind of noticeable contribution to their neighborhood. Richelle will have the advantage of his incumbency, but also will be blamed for any of his shortcomings. For me it means she can hit the ground running, and more power to her.

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