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City attorney candidates agree to debate....a lot


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Assemblyman Mike Feuer is running for city attorney and he wants to hold 10 debates with incumbent Carmen Trutanich. Trutanich responded that 10 debates aren't enough.

State Assemblyman Mike Feuer challenged incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to ten debates today in the race to be L.A.'s top prosecutor. Trutanich’s response: Why not dozens? After Trutanich upped the ante, Feuer agreed to debate "as many times as possible."

Feuer first issued a statement this morning, challenging Trutanich to ten debates before the March 2013 primary election. 

“It’s an election about the future of public safety, our neighborhoods, our economy and the overall quality of life for every Los Angeles resident," Feuer said. "As such, it’s critical that voters have an opportunity to learn about the candidates’ experience, perspectives on key issues and vision for the office of City Attorney,” he said. 

In response, Trutanich called the proposal “unsatisfactory.”

“I foresee the need for dozens of debates to fully flesh out Trutanich’s lengthy record of achievements and to talk to all the communities in Los Angeles who have been so well served by Trutanich during the last four years,” said the city attorney’s chief strategist, Rick Taylor. “Perhaps ten is enough debates for Feuer. But we’ll need a lot more to tell our story and reach all communities.”