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Gov. Jerry Brown backs Gil Cedillo for LA City Council

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Gov. Jerry Brown, right, endorsed Gil Cedillo, left, Tuesday for the Los Angeles City Council's First District. He faces two opponents in the March 5 primary.

A longtime state lawmaker picked up support Tuesday from Gov. Jerry Brown in his bid for the Los Angeles City Council’s First District seat.

Gil Cedillo has served in both the State Assembly and Senate. He is running against Jose Gardea, chief of staff to incumbent Councilman Ed Reyes, and businessman Jesse Rosas. 

“Gil Cedillo is a proven local leader who knows how to bring people together to get things done,” Brown said in a statement from the campaign.

“We need Gil Cedillo’s leadership, strength and passion on the Los Angeles City Council in order to create jobs, increase neighborhood safety, and expand after-school programs that keep our kids safe.”

The nod from the governor is Cedillo’s second high-profile endorsement in the past week. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa backed Cedillo in a City Hall news conference last Friday.

The former state leader has raised $230,000 for his council run, according to documents filed with the Ethics Commission. That’s compared to Gardea’s $288,214 and Rosas’ $2,823. Cedillo is benefiting from major spending by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. The group’s PAC has spent more than $119,000 on mailers for Cedillo. He is also endorsed by the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce.

The primary is set for March 5. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will move to the May 21 runoff. 

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