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Assemblyman Gil Cedillo to run for Los Angeles City Council

November 14, 2011 |  2:42 pm

Prevented by term limits from running for reelection to the state Assembly next year, Gil Cedillo said Monday he will be a candidate in the 2013 election for the 1st District seat on the Los Angeles City Council.

Term limits also mean Councilman Ed Reyes will not be able to seek reelection to the 1st District seat in two years. Reyes’ chief of staff, Jose Gardea, has also filed papers to begin fundraising for a possible campaign for the seat.

Cedillo, whose legislative district overlaps the council district, is leaving the Legislature with some success after getting Gov. Jerry Brown this year to sign Cedillo’s California Dream Act, which allows illegal immigrants access to state financial aid at public universities.

Cedillo said he decided to run "because we need bold and experienced leadership to strengthen and protect the Los Angeles dream."

He joins a large number of  legislators who have left state government to launch campaigns to serve in local government, including L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a former state Assembly speaker.

-- Patrick McGreevy, reporting from Sacramento