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José Huizar Endorses John Choi in CD 13 Race

Choi is one of 12 candidates vying for the City Council District 13 seat opening when Eric Garcetti terms out.

Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar, representing the 14th District, endorsed John Choi Wednesday in the race for an opening Council District 13 seat. 

"John Choi has the kind of determination, vision and leadership that will serve the residents of the 13th Council District and the City of Los Angeles extremely well," said Councilmember Huizar in a statement.

Choi is one of 12 candidates running in the primary, part of Tuesday's municipal election.

If no candidate gets a majority, the top two candidates will face each other in a runoff May 21.

Choi, a former member of the City's Board of Public Works, lives in Echo Park.

The leading fundraiser in the race,  he has received several important endorsements including ones from United Farm Worker's founder Dolores Huerta and State Senator Kevin DeLeon, who has a field office in Echo Park.

City Councilmember for the 4th District Tom LaBonge endorsed Mitchell O'Farrell in January.

O'Farrell, who moved from Glassell Park to remain in the district when it was reshaped last year, also was endorsed by the Los Angeles Times last week.

Both Council District 1's Ed Reyes and Council District 13's Eric Garcetti, who is also running for mayor, have not yet endorsed anyone in the race.

Reyes represents the eastern edge of Echo Park and the Elysian Valley as part of his district.

According to a staffer, it is fairly routine for Reyes not to make an endorsement.

To meet all of the candidates, see the video from the recent candidates forum in Elysian Valley here.

Dino Marconi February 28, 2013 at 07:40 PM
An endorsement by the corrupt Huizar will make it easy to vote for O'Farrell
Santiago February 28, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Right on, we need O'Farrell in Distric 13!!!!
CHRISTINE March 01, 2013 at 06:47 AM
John Choi........Tree Killer!
Tommy Seaver March 07, 2013 at 12:57 AM
That must be one of the stupidest statements that Huizar has ever uttered in his life. Another idiot that is just completely unaware of how much Mitch O'Farrell has done for the 13th District in 20 years as a community leader & activist, and as a top aide to 13th District Councilmember Eric Garcetti for the past 10 years! John Choi was appointed to the Board of Public works as political payback from Mayor Villaraigosa. He was only there for 11 months, but apparently he's delusional enough to believe he worked miracles for the city during that time. And to think, he gave up that cushy $120,000 a year job to be the face, puppet and shill for the special interests, developers and unions. #JohnChoiFail2013

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