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Labor leader Dolores Huerta backs Curren Price in South LA

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Labor leader Dolores Huerta endorsed Curren Price for the Los Angeles City Council Monday, calling the state senator the only candidate who can bring South L.A. together.

Price is running against Ana Cubas for the Ninth District seat as incumbent Councilwoman Jan Perry is termed out of office.

“From fighting to pass the Dream Act, to creating job training opportunities and safer neighborhoods, Curren has a proven record of fighting and delivering results for every community," Huerta said in a statement. "He is the type of leader that will empower and unite the people of South Los Angeles to build a better future for this community."

She joins Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, council President Herb Wesson and the county Federation of Labor in backing Price. Huerta worked with Cesar Chavez to form the United Farm Workers in 1962. His image appears on a mailer for the other CD 9 candidate – Cubas.

“From Cesar Chavez, I learned that being successful means caring about the success of the entire community,” according to the mailer, which features images of Chavez and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the headline: “What I learned from my heroes.”

Chavez's image was also used in the mayoral primary by candidates Perry and Wendy Greuel.

Cubas, born in El Salvador, could become the first Central American to serve on the council. If elected, she would end a long line of African-Americans who have represented the district.

Price and Cubas will face one another in the May 21 runoff.

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