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Top Villaraigosa aide declares candidacy for LA City Council

Matt Szabo

Matt Szabo

Matt Szabo is running for the Los Angeles City Council's Thirteenth District. He is a longtime aide to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

A longtime aide to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is jumping into a crowded city council race to represent the Hollywood area.

Matt Szabo is the 13th person to declare in the Los Angeles City Council’s Thirteenth District, where Councilman Eric Garcetti is being termed out of office. Szabo is a deputy chief of staff to the mayor. He previously worked for former Mayor Richard Riordan and then-Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. 

In a four-page letter to the mayor, Szabo highlights what he sees as the administration's successes: a stable financial outlook, a more environmentally-friendly public utility, and safer streets.

"The experience I've gained working on your behalf has given me a particular skill set and knowledge base: I know how the city works, I know how it doesn't work, and I know how to make it work. And I'd like to put that to work directly for the people of this city -- and particularly for those who remain in the shadows with little or no voice in City Hall," he wrote in his letter.