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Sen. Curren Price latest state lawmaker to seek L.A. council seat

September 27, 2012 | 12:32 pm
State. Sen. Curren Price. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

State Sen. Curren D. Price Jr. has filed papers to seek the Los Angeles City Council seat occupied by Councilwoman Jan Perry, becoming the second Sacramento lawmaker to pursue that post and the sixth to run for office in the March municipal election.

Price (D-Los Angeles) said in a statement that, if elected, he would focus on bringing more jobs and homes to Perry’s district, which takes in a sliver of downtown and the eastern section of South Los Angeles. "I am very familiar with the opportunities and obstacles that exist in this district, almost one-third of which is in the 26th Senate District, which I now represent," he said.

Price, 61, had been living in Baldwin Hills in the district represented by Councilman Bernard C. Parks. He and his wife will move into a home in Perry's district on Oct. 1, said Price spokeswoman Fahizah Alim.

Assemblyman Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles) has already spent months on a campaign to replace Perry, who is running for mayor and must leave because of term limits. Twelve others have taken steps to seek the seat, including LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara; school teacher Ron Gochez; David Roberts, a former aide to Parks; and Ana Cubas, a former aide to Councilman Jose Huizar.

Three other state lawmakers are running for seats being vacated by Councilmen Ed Reyes, Dennis Zine and Richard Alarcon, each of whom must leave because of term limits. In addition, Assemblyman Mike Feuer is seeking to replace City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, who is seeking a second term.

Five current council members -- Alarcon, Paul Krekorian, Paul Koretz, Tony Cardenas and Herb Wesson -- and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have also served in the Legislature.


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Photo: State Sen. Curren Price. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times