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Will the mayor's chief of staff run for the Los Angeles City Council?

Ana Guerrero, chief of staff to Mayor Eric Garcetti, is reportedly considering a run for the Los Angeles City Council.
Ana Guerrero, chief of staff to Mayor Eric Garcetti, is reportedly considering a run for the Los Angeles City Council. Eric Garcetti Office

It's unusual for an incumbent member of the Los Angeles City Council to be unseated, but that doesn't stop candidates from trying. And one person who could be in a good position to make a run for a council seat is Mayor Eric Garcetti's chief of staff. 

According to the Daily News, Ana Guerrero may be looking to run for the 14th District seat against Councilman Jose Huizar in 2015. Just last week, Guerrero was honored by the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality.

"Right now Ana is fully engaged in her role as Mayor Eric Garcetti's chief of staff,"  said mayoral spokesman Jeff Millman. "She has worked closely with communities of the 14th District inside and outside government for many years.  The filing deadline for the race is a year away."

Though it is rare to see a city council member voted out of office, there may be an opening for Guerrero. Huizar is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit from his former deputy chief of staff. Though he denied harassing her, the married Huizar did say he and Francine Godoy had an affair. And Huizar endorsed Wendy Greuel over Garcetti in the 2013 race. (That said, Huizar still enjoys major support from Council President Herb Wesson.)

The most recent city election also highlighted the lack of women on the L.A. City Council. Councilwoman Nury Martinez of the Sixth District is the only woman to hold one of the city's 18 elected positions.

And there's a precedent for electing chiefs of staff to the city council. Councilmen Mike Bonin and Mitch Englander both held those top positions before they ran for office. And this past spring saw the election of another Garcetti staffer, Mitch O'Farrell, to the city council. 

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