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LA City Councilman Paul Krekorian decides against running for city attorney

L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian says he is not a candidate for city attorney in 2013, despite speculation to the contrary.
L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian says he is not a candidate for city attorney in 2013, despite speculation to the contrary.
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Despite months of speculation and what sounded like a confirmation of his interest, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian will not run for city attorney in the 2013 race, he told KPCC today.

The District 2 councilman would have faced Assemblyman Mike Feuer and attorneys Gregory Smith and Eduardo Angeles in the March primary. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who earlier this year failed to make the runoff for Los Angeles County district attorney, has said he will run for reelection.

“My intention is to focus on the task at hand. I have no plans to run for the city attorney or any other office in this upcoming election,” Krekorian said. “I plan to focus on bringing this city back to fiscal sustainability and continuing to serve the residents of the San Fernando Valley and the second council district.”

Last month, Krekorian spoke to the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum, telling the audience that he hadn’t closed the door on a possible run. 

“That discussion was kind of thrust upon me, to tell you the truth,” Krekorian said today. “I was asked many times, ‘Have you thought about this?’ and truthfully, whenever an opportunity like this comes up, of course one needs to think about it.” 

The councilman was elected to the Los Angeles City Council’s Second District in 2009 when Wendy Greuel became the city controller. Krekorian faced a tough campaign against Christine Essel, who had more money and higher profile endorsements, but he ultimately won the seat with 57 percent of the vote. He is the first Armenian-American councilman to serve on city council.

Last year, Krekorian easily won reelection. 

When Councilman Herb Wesson took over as council president at the start of this year, Krekorian was named chair of the Budget and Finance Committee – a top assignment at City Hall.  That task will remain his focus, he said.

“We’re facing challenges right now with our budget that are unlike anything that any of us have ever experienced in our lives,” Krekorian said. “We’ve already made progress in addressing that challenge and I plan to see that job through until we are out of this fiscal emergency situation.”

Krekorian previously served on the Burbank School Board and in the state Assembly.