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City Attorney Carmen Trutanich files papers to run for reelection

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich filed papers today to run for reelection.
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich filed papers today to run for reelection.
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Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich may have lost in his attempt to become District Attorney, but he’s hoping voters will keep him around as the city’s top attorney for another four years.

Trutanich filed papers today with the Ethics Commission, which allows him to begin fundraising for the 2013 race. He will face Assemblyman Mike Feuer and attorneys Gregory Smith and Eduardo Angeles.

When Trutanich ran for district attorney earlier this year, he broke a 2009 pledge to refrain from running for another office while he was still city attorney. As a candidate, Trutanich promised to donate $100,000 to LA’s BEST and to publish a full-page newspaper ad that states “I am a liar” if he broke the pledge. This week, Trutanich delivered $30,000 to the after-school program after being called out by the L.A. Weekly. The “I am a liar” ad has not been published.

“I look forward to building on this office’s success for another four years," Trutanich said. "The City Attorney’s Office has a tremendous track record.

“We have won an unprecedented number of legal victories. We have proved to be an independent and authoritative voice in the counsels of government at City Hall. We have protected neighborhoods, taxpayers and our city’s most vulnerable citizens.”

In response to Trutanich’s reelection effort, Feuer released a statement that said: “I’m looking forward to an exciting campaign. The people of Los Angeles deserve a city attorney focused on innovative solutions to our toughest problems—like too many gangs, too much gun violence and too few jobs.”

The two politicians shared a political consultant as recently as June. The primary is set for March of next year.