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Money rolls into Los Angeles' CD13 council race

A candidate running for the Los Angeles City Council's Thirteenth District says his campaign has raised $110,000.
A candidate running for the Los Angeles City Council's Thirteenth District says his campaign has raised $110,000. Alice Walton/KPCC

A former member of the Board of Public Works announced today that his campaign for city council has raised $110,000 in donations for the 2013 race.

John Choi’s camp announced the milestone after the fundraising window closed June 30. The city’s Ethics Commission will post detailed financial reports later this month.

“This is an incredible and humbling way to start off my campaign, I am honored to have such broad support from the community,” Choi said in a statement. “This early momentum is key, the amount of encouragement and support from family and friends has truly been overwhelming.” 

Choi is part of a crowded field running for Councilman Eric Garcetti’s seat in the Thirteenth District, which includes Hollywood, Echo Park and Silver Lake. He announced his candidacy three weeks ago. Two other candidates, Alex De Ocampo and Josh Post, have each reach raised at least $50,000, according to notices filed with the Ethics Commission.

Nine other candidates, including the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Emile Mack, former Garcetti staffer Mitch O’Farrell and the general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, BongHwan Kim, have filed papers to run in the 2013 race.

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