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Candidates line up for Janice Hahn's L.A. Council seat

July 13, 2011 | 12:22 pm


Even before Janice Hahn declared victory in Tuesday’s special election for a South Bay congressional seat, candidates eager to replace her on the Los Angeles City Council were making their intentions known.

At 10:49 p.m. Tuesday, with less than 30% of the vote counted in the U.S. House race, San Pedro firefighter Pat McOsker announced his campaign in an email to supporters.

He was quickly followed by a state assemblyman, a police officer and a former city councilman who once represented Hahn’s Watts-to-San Pedro district.

The crowded field includes Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-Gardena), who won his current seat in a special election in 2008; LAPD officer Joe Buscaino; and former City Councilman Rudy Svorinich. Svorinich, who served on the council from 1993 to 2001 before being forced out because of term limits, now runs a lobbying firm.

McOsker, president of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, has never before run for office, but he frequently appears before the council to advocate for firefighters. A close ally of Hahn’s, he has hired the same political consultant who ran her congressional campaign.

Once Hahn makes her resignation official, the council will declare her seat vacant and schedule a special election. On Wednesday, the City Clerk recommended that the election be held Nov. 8, with a runoff, if necessary, on Jan. 17.

Hahn is expected to get to work in Washington next week. Her departure leaves just one woman on L.A.'s 15-person governing body, Councilwoman Jan Perry.

-- Kate Linthicum at Los Angeles City Hall

Photo: Hahn celebrating victory Tuesday night. Credit: L.A. Times