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Trutanich suspends campaign following mother's death


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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