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#MakeAlCare: Al decides he really cares, holds election open house at his restaurant

Chef Al Gordon is the founder of Community in Los Feliz.
Chef Al Gordon is the founder of Community in Los Feliz.
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Los Angeles County has the worst voter turnout in the state. As part of an effort to tackle voter apathy, we chose one person who doesn’t usually vote and we're trying to make him care about the March 3 primary elections in Los Angeles.

It's been one week since we introduced our non-voting Los Feliz chef Al Gordon. In that time, we've tried to #MakeAlCare by bringing him his own personal political scientist to help sort through his issues and by taking him to a forum to hear from the city council candidates in his district.

Well, now the student is becoming the master. Not only does Al care, he wants to make his neighbors care too!

He's holding an open house at his restaurant, Community, in Los Feliz (great name, right?!). He's invited candidates and community members to drop in from 5-8 pm to chat, share information and have some snacks (I've been told there may be chicken wings).

Community restaurant open house

2044 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Monday, March 2 from 5 - 8 pm

An outreach team from the Los Angeles City Clerk's office will also be on hand to give out voter information packets and registration forms.

Al lives in L.A. Council District 4, where 14 candidates are vying an open city council seat. Councilman Tom LaBonge, who currently represents the district, has been termed out of office.

Political scientist Mara Cohen-Marks with Loyola Marymount's Center for the Study of Los Angeles said the large pool of candidates combined with the small number of expected voters means that it could come down to just hundreds of votes to get the top two candidates through to a May runoff.

Al said he has narrowed the field down to three or four candidates he's interested in, though he hasn't told us who they are yet.

Will Al reveal which candidate will get his vote? We'll be standing by tonight to find out.

You can follow our tweets and photos from the event on Twitter @KPCC.