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Filing dates set for LA City Council special election

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Anyone planning to run for the L.A. City Council's special election next May must reside in the Sixth District beginning Jan. 5, 2013.

Los Angeles has  established the filing dates for candidates interested in running for the Sixth District City Council seat. The incumbent councilman was elected to Congress and will vacate the position.

Potential candidates for the Los Angeles City Council’s Sixth District must reside in the district beginning Jan. 5, 2013, the City Clerk’s Office announced Monday. 

The special election for the CD 6 seat will be held on May 21. The filing and nominating petition periods both start on Feb. 4  and candidates must live in the district at least 30 days before filing campaign papers. Candidates must also be registered to vote in the San Fernando Valley’s Sixth District by the time they are elected to office.

The incumbent councilman, Tony Cardenas, was elected to Congress in the Nov. 6 election. He will be sworn into office on Jan. 3.

The City Clerk's Office estimates the cost of the primary and July 23 runoff will be $400,000. 

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