Serving the city of Los Angeles is apparently good work if you can get it. Ninety-two people signed up to run for a L.A. City Council or citywide seats in the March 2013 primary.
Saturday was the deadline for candidates to file their declarations of intention. Candidates have about a month to collect signatures and pay a fee for their nominating petitions. The primary is set for March 5, with a runoff between the top two candidates in each race scheduled for May 21, 2013.
Fourteen people filed to run for mayor, including Council members Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti, Controller Wendy Greuel and attorney Kevin James. There are three candidates running against incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and six candidates for the open seat of controller.
In Districts 5 and 15, Councilmen Paul Koretz and Joe Buscaino will run for reelection; each faces a handful of opponents. Council seats in Districts 1, 3, 7, 9, 11 and 13 will all be open. In the 13th District, 20 candidates hope to replace Garcetti, who will be termed out of office.
The city Ethics Commission reports that candidates have raised $13.9 million so far for the Los Angeles municipal elections. Quarterly campaign finance reports will be due again on Jan. 10, 2013.
You can read the full list of candidates here on the City Clerk’s website.