Ready for another election? Los Angeles city council, LAUSD contests in March
Los Angeles residents will be asked in March to vote on 15 openings in the Los Angeles City Council, Board of Education and Community College Districts.
The filing period for the March 2015 primary closed Wednesday. The final list of candidates will be made available on Dec. 15, after officials have time to verify candidates had gathered enough signatures. But so far it doesn't appear that there will be any surprises.
- The most high profile contest will be for the City Council's 14th District where incumbent Councilman Jose Huizar is being challenged by Gloria Molina, who left her seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week due to term limits. The district includes parts of downtown and Boyle Heights.
- Several candidates are vying to replace Councilman Tom LaBonge who will be termed out of office after 14 years. Among those hoping to succeed him in the Fourth District are his former chief of staff Carolyn Ramsay, the chief of staff to Councilman Paul Koretz, Joan Pelico, former Assemblyman Wally Knox, former aide to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Teddy Davis, and Community College Trustee Steve Veres.
- In the San Fernando Valley's Sixth District, there will be a rematch between Councilwoman Nury Martinez and her 2013 opponent Cindy Montanez.
- In the Eighth District in South L.A., Robert L. Cole Jr. of the Los Angeles County Citizens' Economy & Efficiency Commission and Marqueece Harris-Dawson with the Community Coalition have each qualified to run for the seat held by Councilman Bernard Parks. Because of term limits, Parks cannot run for the office again.
- Councilmen Paul Krekorian, Herb Wesson and Mitch Englander appear to be running for reelection unopposed, but that could change later this month when election officials release candidates' names.
Also on the ballot will be odd-numbered districts for the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education and L.A. Community College District Board of Trustees. Incumbent school board members George McKenna, Tamar Galatzan, Bennett Kayser and Richard Vladovic are all running again.
The election will be held on March 3, 2015, with a runoff scheduled for May 19.
To qualify, candidates had to submit 500 signatures from registered voters and pay a $300 fee or submit the signatures of at least 1,000 registered voters from their district.