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They're lining up, already, for 2015 LA City Council race

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A former spokesman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the chief of staff to a current council member filed papers Tuesday to run for the Los Angeles City Council in 2015. 

Teddy Davis and Carolyn Ramsay will both run for the Fourth District, which has been represented by Tom LaBonge since 2001. Due to term limits, LaBonge is serving his final term in office.

Davis, who lives in Los Feliz, left the mayor's office earlier this year to work for Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. He is now a fellow at the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

"I’m running for city council because I want L.A. to work for every family in every neighborhood," Davis said in a statement. "Between now and 2015, I will be in every corner of our district talking with voters about how we can create jobs, reduce traffic, and keep neighborhoods clean and safe."

Ramsay is the top aide to LaBonge, who she first worked for from 2006-10. She left to work for the Trust for Public Land, but returned to City Hall in 2012. 

“A city council race is really about relationships and about being involved  in the district and the people and the work that they want to do that is consistent with making the city a better place," said Ramsay, a resident of Windsor Square. "I've engaged in this work for the last 15 years and I want to keep doing it."

Council district four includes the neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Sherman Oaks and Miracle Mile, and parts of Silver Lake. 

In two years, Councilman Bernard Parks of the Eighth District will also be termed out of office. Other council members in the even-numbered districts — Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, Herb Wesson, Mitch Englander and Jose Huizar — will be up for reelection.

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