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Former Villaraigosa aide gets endorsement in LA City Council race

Matt Szabo

Marta Evry

Former Deputy Mayor Matt Szabo was endorsed Wednesday by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Szabo is one of a dozen candidates running for a city council seat in the Hollywood area.

A longtime deputy to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa picked up an endorsement Wednesday from his old boss for his city council campaign in the Hollywood area.

Matt Szabo is one of a dozen candidates hoping to replace outgoing Councilman Eric Garcetti in the Thirteenth District.

Szabo is well known to those inside City Hall. He worked for Villaraigosa for six years, handling budgetary issues.

Previously, he worked for then-Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and former Mayor Richard Riordan.

Outside City Hall, Szabo is facing an uphill battle to raise campaign funds.

The latest finance report, posted Jan. 10, shows the Szabo campaign with $83,253.

In contrast, former Public Works Commissioner John Choi posted $189,268 and Alex De Ocampo with the Saban Family Foundation reported $134,056.

“Matt is tenacious and decisive, knows how to lead in a crisis and is not afraid to take on the biggest challenges for the benefit of the community he serves,” Villaraigosa said in a statement. “Matt Szabo will make a great councilman, and the residents of District 13 will be fortunate to have him on their side as their voice in City Hall.”

The primary for the CD 13 race will be March 5. The top two candidates will face each other in a runoff on May 21.

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