It's official: 10 candidates running for Wendy Greuel's vacant L.A. City Council seat [Updated]
So it looks like the candidate debates in the race to replace Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel are going to be a bit complicated.
Eleven candidates qualified for the ballot in the Sept. 22 special election for Greuel’s former San Fernando Valley seat, the City Clerk’s office announced today. That crowded field of hopefuls is running in a district stretching from Sherman Oaks to Sunland-Tujunga.
The candidates will appear on the ballot in the following order:
School board member Tamar Galatzan
Los Angeles County Commissioner Jozef “Joe” Thomas Essavi
Former airport Commissioner Chris Essel
Neighborhood council member Michael McCue
City Commissioner Louis Pugliese
[Updated at 6:16 p.m.: City Clerk spokeswoman Maria Garcia called shortly before 6 p.m. to say Pugliese had just dropped out. So now there are 10 candidates.]
Community organizer Pete Sanchez
Neighborhood advocate David “Zuma Dogg” Saltsburg
Factory owner Frank Sheftel
State Assemblyman Paul Krekorian
Neighborhood council member Mary Benson
Business owner Augusto Bisani
If no one gets more than 50% of the vote, the top two vote getters will face off in a Dec. 8 runoff election. Greuel, for her part, is now the city controller.
-- David Zahniser at L.A. City Hall