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Trutanich suspends campaign following mother's death

March 2, 2013 |  6:18 pm

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Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich has suspended reelection campaign activities indefinitely following the death of his mother Saturday.

The Trutanich campaign said Esther Trutanich died Saturday afternoon in a San Pedro hospital following a bout with pneumonia.  She was 91, according to public records.

Trutanich  said in a statement that he felt "truly blessed to have been raised by such a wonderful woman"  and canceled campaign events scheduled for the weekend.  He faces three challengers in Tuesday’s municipal primary.

A USC Sol Price School of Public Policy/L.A. Times poll published Saturday showed Trutanich to be in a tight race with former lawmaker Mike Feuer and private attorney Greg Smith. Another private attorney, Noel Weiss, also is on the ballot but has not had the money to mount a substantial campaign.

The contest is expected to go to a May runoff between the first- and second-place finishers, as none of the candidates appears likely to win a majority on Tuesday. 

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Photo: City Atty. Carmen Trutanich  Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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