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City Attorney Carmen Trutanich suspends reelection campaign after death of his mother

City Attorney Candidate Carmen Trutanich.
City Attorney Candidate Carmen Trutanich.
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Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich — who is running for reelection —issued a statement Saturday saying that he is suspending his campaign indefinitely following the death of his mother, Esther, Saturday afternoon in San Pedro.

Trutanich spokesman John Schwada issued the following statement:

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich's mother, Esther, died this afternoon (Saturday, March 2, 2013) at San Pedro Hospital from complications involving pneumonia. Mrs. Trutanich had been ill for some time and had twice before been stricken with pneumonia.

City Atty. Trutanich, who is now running for reelection, said he would have no comment on his mother's passing except to say that he felt truly blessed to have been raised by such a wonderful woman. Esther is pre-deceased by her husband, Andrew. The couple had seven children, 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

The Trutanich's were married in San Pedro and raised all their children in the same house where Mrs. Trutanich lived up until a week before her death. Mrs. Trutanich spent her life as a homemaker. Her husband worked for Starkist Tuna for more than 40 years.

City Atty. Trutanich has indefinitely suspended his campaign activities to deal with family matters. Service arrangements are pending.

Esther Trutanich was 91, according to public records, the Los Angeles Times reported, adding:

A USC Sol Price School of Public Policy/L.A. Times poll published Saturday showed Trutanich to be in a tight race with former lawmaker Mike Feuer and private attorney Greg Smith. Another private attorney, Noel Weiss, also is on the ballot but has not had the money to mount a substantial campaign.

The contest is expected to go to a May runoff between the first- and second-place finishers, as none of the candidates appears likely to win a majority on Tuesday. 

If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday, the top two will face off in a runoff on May 21.