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Money rolls into Los Angeles' CD13 council race

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

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.

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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.

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