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Gov. Brown backs Gil Cedillo in race for L.A. City Council seat

February 19, 2013 |  1:28 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday endorsed Gil Cedillo in the 1st District City Council race

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday endorsed Gil Cedillo in the 1st District City Council race, the first Los Angeles contest in which he has weighed in this election cycle.

"Gil Cedillo is a proven local leader who knows how to bring people together to get things done,” Brown said in a written statement. "We need Gil Cedillo's leadership, strength and passion on the Los Angeles City Council in order to create jobs, increase neighborhood safety, and expand after-school programs that keep our kids safe. I hope you will join nurses, teachers, firefighters and local leaders in supporting Gil Cedillo for City Council on Tuesday, March 5."

Cedillo, a former state lawmaker, thanked Brown for his nod.

"I'm deeply honored to have his support," Cedillo said. "We've worked together on countless issues, ranging from enhancing social justice and civil rights, to creating jobs, improving our education system, and making sure our police and firefighters have the resources they need to keep our communities safe.”

Cedillo has received several prominent endorsements, including from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. His chief rival in the race is Jose Gardea, chief of staff to termed-out 1st District Councilman Ed Reyes.

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Photo: City Council candidate Gil Cedillo on Feb. 14. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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