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It's official: 10 candidates running for Wendy Greuel's vacant L.A. City Council seat [Updated]

July 30, 2009 |  4:24 pm

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