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Jan Perry endorses Curren Price for South LA council seat

Jan Perry, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles

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L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry has endorsed state Sen. Curren Price, who is hoping to be elected to the seat Perry has represented for a dozen years.

State Sen. Curren Price's city council campaign was endorsed Wednesday by Councilwoman Jan Perry, who cited promises of economic development in South Los Angeles as the reason for her support. 

Perry is termed out of her Ninth District seat after 12 years in office. Price and Ana Cubas are running to replace her in the May 21st runoff. 

"Curren has pledged to right the disparity that has resulted from redistricting and will work to restore the revenue connection between the southern portion of the district and downtown," Perry said in a statement. "This connection will ensure the economic future of our neighborhoods and is an important promise that will help support the people of the Ninth District today and in the future."

During the most recent round of redistricting, the Ninth District was stripped of almost all of its downtown assets. The councilwoman has frequently said downtown developments were crucial to South L.A. because they generated jobs as well as dollars for public housing projects.

The Ninth's losses turned out to be gains for the Fourteenth District, which is represented by Councilman José Huizar. Prior to running for office, Cubas was Huizar's chief of staff. 

Cubas has been endorsed by Perry's predecessor, Rita Walters. 

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