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Former Public Works commissioner raises $50K for city council run

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John Choi, right, reached the $50,000 fundraising threshold today in his bid to be the next councilman of the Thirteenth District.

A former member of the Board of Public Works reached the $50,000 fundraising threshold today in his bid to succeed Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti. 

John Choi reached the benchmark two weeks after declaring his candidacy for the Thirteenth District, which includes Silver Lake, Echo Park and Hollywood. City council candidates are required to notify the Ethics Commission when they raise $50,000 in funds. 

“This city has given me so much and I am honored to have such broad support from the community,” Choi said. “In these two short weeks, I have been talking to Angelenos in the district and they are ready to make Los Angeles the great city we know it can be.” 

Choi was most recently the president pro tempore of the Board of Public Works. He also served as the economic development director for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

There are 11 other candidates running for the city council seat. Alex De Ocampo is the only other candidate to raise $50,000.  

The primary is set for March of next year.

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