Former state lawmaker Kevin de León enters race to succeed Jose Huizar on City Council

L.A. City Council proceedings

The race to replace 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar has attracted its most high-profile candidate so far: former state senator Kevin de Leon, the L.A. Times reports today.

De León has moved from Mt. Washington, which is in Council District 1, to Eagle Rock in order to run in Huizar’s district. Council District 14 includes all or portions of Boyle Heights, Downtown, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Hermon, Highland Park and Monterey Hills.

Huizar, who is the subject of a federal investigation, is termed out in 2020. His wife, Richelle, ended her brief campaign to replace her husband on the City Council after federal agents raided the couple’s Boyle Heights home.

The 52-year-old De León has served in the state legislature  for more than a decade after he was termed out last year as representative of the 24th  State Senate District, which includes Eagle Rock.

De León’s announcement comes a few months after he lost a campaign to replace Diane Feinstein in the U.S. Senate.

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  1. Whose couch is Kevin Leon & his carpet bag crashing on now?

  2. I figured that something was up when KDL moved from his Mt Washington home CD1 to Eagle Rock in CD14 last year. He will likely win, further solidifying LA City Council as a dumping ground for termed-out state legislators. With his 2020 election, it should be interesting to see how upcoming redistricting is drawn, with Eagle Rock staying in the 14th and CD1 possibly taking DTLA and Boyle Heights.

  3. Dont we think the KDL is a cut above some of the council people ? Ok maybe “cut above” is too strong, but he has great connections within the state of california and could be a powerful asset to the district? Just sayin.

  4. Kevin wants to be mayor. He’ll use CD14 and be gone.

  5. OMG, no thank you Kevin.

  6. Hooray! Another dip in city council!

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