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Money pours in for Los Angeles City Council races

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Millions of dollars are being collected by candidates for the Los Angeles City Council. The primary is set for March 5.

Money is pouring in to Los Angeles City Council campaigns, including more than $1 million in the Thirteenth District race alone.

There are a dozen certified candidates running in CD13, which is being vacated by Eric Garcetti and includes Echo Park, Silver Lake and parts of Hollywood. In that race, former Public Works Commissioner John Choi has raised $189,268, while Alex De Ocampo, who works for the Saban Family Foundation, has raised $134,056. Emile Mack, an L.A. Fire Department commander, reported $102,143 to the Ethics Commission.

Also running for that seat are:

  • Matt Szabo, $83,253
  • Josh Post, $70,224

In South L.A.’s Ninth District, currently represented by Jan Perry, LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara reported $202,401, putting him far ahead of his opponents. They include:

  • Ana Cubas, $121,729
  • David Roberts, $112,199
  • Curren Price, $104,720
  • Mike Davis, $80,145 

Rounding out the L.A. City Council’s competitive races is the First District where Ed Reyes is termed out. His chief of staff, Jose Gardea, hopes to inherit the seat and has raised $281,739. That’s in comparison to veteran state lawmaker Gil Cedillo's' $224,479.

Incumbent Fifth District Councilman Paul Koretz reported $125,737 to the Ethics Commission. Fellow Councilman Joe Buscaino, who represents the Fifteenth District, has raised $171,009. Each is running virtually unopposed.

In the Third District race, Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield has raised $100,000. One of his opponents, Joyce Pearson, has $78,296 for the March primary.

Mike Bonin raised $177,965 for his campaign to succeed his boss, Bill Rosendahl, as the next councilman of CD11. In the Seventh District race, Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes reported $191,650. Both candidates dwarf the fundraising totals of their opponents.  

Current fundraising totals for all candidates can be found at the Ethics Commission website.  The primary is March 5. 

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