The speaker of the State Assembly endorsed Ron Galperin Wednesday in his race to become Los Angeles City Controller.
John Pérez is backing Galperin over L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine.
“Ron Galperin is the type of innovative and effective leader Los Angeles needs,” Pérez said in a statement. “Ron has the right experience and a proven commitment to sound fiscal management.”
Galperin, an attorney who has served as chairman of the city's Commission on Revenue Efficiency, placed first in the March 5 primary with 37 percent of the vote. Zine, who is termed out after 12 years on the city council, placed a close second with 36 percent.
A week ago, the Galperin campaign filed an ethics complaint, alleging that Zine's campaign had inappropriately coordinated with a political action committee to send out nearly identical mailers. A spokesman for Zine's campaign told KPCC the candidate is not responsible for how other groups use his materials. (Here’s the Zine mailer that was filed with the Ethics Commission Feb. 21 and the mailer filed by L.A. Citizens for Fiscal Reform on March 2.)
The runoff is May 21.