More candidates jump in to fill Janice Hahn's L.A. council seat
Two more candidates have jumped into the already crowded race to fill Janice Hahn's City Council seat.
Justin Brimmer, a legislative and policy deputy in Hahn's 15th Council District office, and David Green, president of the San Pedro Democratic Club, join four others who have already set their sights on the Watts-to-San Pedro district.
The field includes former City Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr. and state Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-Gardena), and several political newcomers, including LAPD Officer Joe Buscaino and Pat McOsker, president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City.
Like Buscaino and McOsker, neither Brimmer nor Green has run for office. But a news release issued by Brimmer's campaign noted that the candidate, as Hahn's legislative deputy, knows the district, and City Hall.
Green works as an information technology manager in Hawthorne and sits on several boards, including the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports and the Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relations Commission.
He said candidates such as Furutani -- who on Thursday announced that he had won the endorsements of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas -- have "institutional advantage." But he said he thinks he can make up for that by "playing it smarter and working harder."
Hahn, a three-term councilwoman, was elected to Congress this week in a special election and will head to Washington next week.
Once Hahn makes her resignation official, the council will declare her seat vacant and schedule a special election. The city clerk has recommended that the election be held Nov. 8, with a runoff, if necessary, Jan. 17.
-- Kate Linthicum at Los Angeles City Hall
Photo: L.A. City Councilwoman Janice Hahn celebrates her victory over Craig Huey in the 36th Congressional District election Tuesday night at Ports O'Call restaurant in San Pedro. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times