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26 candidates seeking 7 seats on L.A. City Council

December 17, 2010 |  9:15 pm

Twenty-six candidates have been certified to run for seven seats on the Los Angeles City Council in the March 8 election, officials with the city clerk’s office said Friday.

The field represents the largest crop of council candidates since 2003, when three City Hall veterans -- Hal Bernson, Ruth Galanter and Nate Holden –- retired because of term limits.

This time around, Councilman Paul Krekorian will face businessman Augusto Bisani in the 2nd District, which stretches from Sherman Oaks to Sunland-Tujunga.

Councilman Tom LaBonge has opposition from businessman Tomas O’Grady and writer-bicycle advocate Stephen Box in the 4th district, which takes in parts of Koreatown, Silver Lake and Hollywood.

In the San Fernando Valley, Councilman Tony Cardenas is running for a third four-year term against businessman James “Jamie” Cordaro, code enforcement official David Barron and entrepreneur Rich Goodman. That race takes place in the 6th District, which includes Panorama City and Van Nuys.

In South Los Angeles' 8th District, Councilman Bernard C. Parks faces challenges from Firefighter Jubari S. Jumaane and Forescee Hogan-Rowles, who runs a nonprofit group focused on community development. Hogan-Rowles spent much of the last five years on the volunteer commission that oversees the Department of Water and Power.

In the 10th District -- which includes parts of South Los Angeles, Mid-City, Koreatown and Palms -- Councilman Herb Wesson will square off against five opponents: business owner Chris Brown, attorney Andrew “Andy” Kim, employment specialist Austin Dragon, business owner Luis Montoya and victims’ advocate Althea Rae Shaw.

The only council race without an incumbent is in the northwest San Fernando Valley’s 12th District, where Councilman Greig Smith is stepping down after eight years in office. Smith’s departure has brought out six candidates: Smith's chief of staff Mitchell Englander, Neighborhood Council member Armineh Chelebian, businessman Dinesh "Danny" Lakhanpal, restaurant owner Navrash "Singh" Singh, small business owner Kelly Lord Jr. and Neighborhood Council member Brad Smith.

In the Eastside's 14th District stretching from Boyle Heights to Eagle Rock, Councilman Jose Huizar will face a challenge from businessman Rudy Martinez, who owns a sushi restaurant in Eagle Rock and a bar in Highland Park.


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-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall