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Former mayoral candidate Kevin James endorses Carmen Trutanich

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Former mayoral candidate Kevin James endorsed City Attorney Carmen Trutanich for reelection Wednesday.

Former mayoral candidate Kevin James backed City Attorney Carmen Trutanich for re-election Wednesday.

Trutanich is facing former Assemblyman Mike Feuer in the May 21 race. He finished second in the primary, trailing Feuer by 14 percent. Since then it’s been an ugly campaign. The city attorney filed an ethics complaint against Feuer, accusing him of receiving an illegal gift by withholding payment to his political consultant. The Feuer campaign filed its own complaint, accusing Trutanich of illegally coordinating with an independent political action committee.

The city attorney has also been locked in a legal battle with his former political consultant – who is now running the Feuer campaign. The LA Weekly reported Wednesday that Trutanich and John Shallman reached a confidential settlement after the city attorney sued for mismanagement of funds from Trutanich's 2012 campaign for District Attorney. Shallman countersued, saying Trutanich owed him $166,000 in unpaid bills.

James finished third in the March 5 primary for mayor. He ran on a platform that City Hall was dysfunctional and mismanaged.

“Kevin brings an incredibly fresh and vital voice to the debate about how Los Angeles ought to be governed,” said Rick Taylor, a strategist with the Trutanich campaign.

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