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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