Bell council candidate dies days before election

BELL, Calif. (AP) — A candidate for Bell City Council has died just days before the election.

The Los Angeles Times reports 34-year-old Miguel Alejandro Sanchez died Friday from an unknown ailment at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

Sanchez had been admitted to the hospital about 12 hours earlier.

Sanchez was running for former Councilman Luis Artiga's seat in Tuesday's special recall election. Artiga resigned last year amid allegations that he and other city officials misappropriated public funds.

Sanchez was among the many angry residents who protested outside Bell City Hall last summer, demanding the resignations of city officials who were receiving outsize salaries.

The Times says Sanchez was a part-time teacher's aide for the Los Angeles Unified School District and also worked part-time for the parks and recreation department in Bell.