When voters in the state Assembly’s 39th District head to the polls on June 5, they'll see a familiar name on the ballot – that of a politician who previously held the office for 102 days.
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon is running for the seat he was elected to in November of 2006. A change in term limits allowed Alarcon to run for his old L.A. City Council seat that following spring just months after he was elected to state office.
This time around, Alarcon is running against Raul Bocanegra, chief of staff to the incumbent Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes – who is running for Alarcon’s seat on the Los Angeles City Council.
The two men have openly feuded during the campaign. Alarcon is facing 18 felonies for allegedly living outside of his city council district. A judge threw out the case earlier this month, saying prosecutors failed to present the Grand Jury with evidence that was in Alarcon’s favor. The district attorney refiled the case the same day. Alarcon has pleaded not guilty.
Bocanegra was knocked by the Alarcon campaign for using his position as a council aide to secure an interest-free city loan to purchase a condominium in a Pacoima development back in 2005. At the time, Bocanegra was an aide to then-Councilman Alex Padilla and helped push the development through he approvals process.
There are three Republicans running for the seat – Omar Cuevas, Ricardo A. Benitez and Margie Margarita Carranza.