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Finalists for LA City Council's CD13 get backing from former opponents

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The two men hoping to succeed Councilman Eric Garcetti in the Thirteenth District are picking up support from their former opponents in the March 5 primary. 

Mitch O'Farrell, a former Garcetti aide, placed first in the primary with 18 percent of the vote. He was endorsed Monday by two former candidates — Sam Kbushyan and Josh Post. Kbushyan finished third in the race thanks to strong support from the district's Armenian community. 

"I firmly believe that  Mitch is a genuine leader," Kbushyan said. "Having worked in the district for over a decade, he is deeply rooted and understands everyone’s needs and concerns. The strong political force I was able to capture in the Armenian-American community will now stand firm behind the next Council member, Mitch O’Farrell.”

Post finished fifth in the primary. 

O'Farrell will face former Public Works Commissioner John Choi in the May 21 runoff. Last week, Choi was backed by former candidate Matt Szabo. Monday he was endorsed by Assembly Speaker John Pérez. 

"John Choi is a leader with the vision and the plans to create jobs, help solve L.A.'s budget crisis, and make sure essential programs like after-school enrichment and police are protected and expanded," Pérez said in a statement. 

The Thirteenth District includes Echo Park, Hollywood and part of Silver Lake. In 1985, voters there made Mike Woo the first — and only — Asian-American to be elected to the Los Angeles City Council. (Choi could become the first Korean-American to serve.) Eight years later, voters elected Jackie Goldberg — the first openly lesbian politician to serve on L.A.'s city council. 

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