A state senator who earlier this year got into a public argument with Councilman Bernard Parks over redistricting will run for the Los Angeles City Council.
Curren Price will run for the Ninth District seat currently held by Councilwoman Jan Perry. He has two years left in his State Senate term. If he wins the City Council race, it would force a special election to fill his senate seat.
Price joins a crowded field for Perry's seat. Among the 14 candidates are:
- Ana Cubas, former chief of staff to Councilman Jose Huizar
- David Roberts, appointee to the Redistricting Commission
- Mike Davis, state Assemblyman (being termed out)
- Terry Hara, deputy chief, LAPD
Price announced his candidacy on Facebook, writing: “I am running for this office to offer leadership by calling for a new level of collaboration among public and private sector resources.”
“I’m adopting the phrase, the ‘New 9th,’ to signal a new level of commitment and enthusiasm to engage residents and community-based institutions to work together to improve the quality of life for all residents in the New 9th.”
“New 9th” is also an acknowledgement that the Ninth District was chopped up during the redistricting process. After accusing her colleagues of corrupting the redistricting process, Perry saw her district lose most of downtown. The district was left with the L.A. Live complex and South Los Angeles and, in a last minute move, USC was included.
Price visited City Hall during the redistricting process to speak in support of the new maps. It was then that he and Parks, who did not like the new district lines, started trading barbs.
Parks wrote in an open letter to the community: “Good ol' Curren started his speech by calling the proposed maps ‘reasonable,' for which he promptly earned a chorus of boos from our community, which ironically, may have been the first thing Curren has earned in years.”
In response, Price wrote his own open letter that said Parks had “stabbed himself in both eyes.”
Price joins a growing list of Sacramento lawmakers trying to make their way into Los Angeles City Hall. Assemblymen Gil Cedillo, Bob Blumenfield, Felipe Fuentes and the aforementioned Davis are all running for the city council, and Assemblyman Mike Feuer is running for city attorney.
On a side note, Price may want to update his campaign website to be clear on what city he hopes to represent: