March 5 Elections Could Decide Council District 1 Race

A new councilman will be elected if any of the four candidates is able to earn more than 50-percent of the vote.

Council District 1 voters will go to the ballot booths on Tuesday, March 5 to choose a successor for Councilman Ed Reyes.

The candidates vying for the seat are former Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, Reyes' longtime Chief of Staff José Gardea and local businessman Jesse Rosas. Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Member William "Rodriguez" Morrison is running as a write-in candidate.

The four candidates first squared-off during in a forum held by the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance on Monday, Nov. 19. On that evening, candidates were asked to answer a broad range of questions, including those pertaining to gang crime in the area and quality of life issues, like illegal dumping.

Click here to see video from the November forum

The candidates met again on Wednesday, Jan. 16 for a forum at Benjamin Franklin High School, where they were asked to discuss how they would improve business prospects along the district's main corridors in Highland Park, North Figueroa and Monte Vista Streets.

Read a recap of the January forum here

Click here to see video of the candidates discussing business improvements on Figueroa and Monte Vista

On Sunday, February 10, the candidates answered questions regarding the district's pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure in a forum hosted by the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition. During that forum, all four candidates stated their support for implementing bike lanes on North Figueroa Street.

A video of the forum can be seen here

With the race drawing to a close, Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch last week looked into the funding of each candidate's campaign. Gardea and Cedillo hold a strong fund-raising edge over their lesser known opponents, but it is Cedillo who has received the strongest financial backing from outside groups.

Read more about the candidates fundraising here

Registered voters can find their polling place here.

If none of the four candidates is able to earn a majority of the vote on Tuesday, a winner will be decided through a runoff election to be held on Tuesday, May 21.


Nimby pimp March 06, 2013 at 12:49 AM
@nonoise - Like many readers of these pages, I've grown weary of your single-mindedness and your blind rage. However, I must give you credit. The meek don't inherit or change the world - the zealots and the obsessives do. You just might win this one. So, hang in there. (But could you just keep it down a bit?)
La Casa de Bernarda Alba March 06, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Nonoise - I do not want to add fuel to the fire....but, I'm just wondering did you go over his head? If so, to whom? What level? And, what was the response?
nonoise March 06, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Don, thanks for asking. Yes, I did. I went to Bishop Wilkerson who basically told me where to go. He said they do not control what the priest do. Now you know why and how the child molestations happen. I could not believe my ears. He did not care. Nor does Father Marco. But Father Marco sure filled the courtroom with his clan when he took me to court and lost. And, so did Ed Reyes because they used his letter in court "supporting and encourging" the church to take me to court. I wonder if "no way, Jose" wrote the letter. Of course, he denied it.
nonoise March 06, 2013 at 06:01 AM
Nimby, I have toned it down. But can you just ask Field Deputy for Ed Reyes, Sonia Jimenez why she was in the courtroom on taxpayers time when the case was a personal matter and did not involve the city?
nonoise March 06, 2013 at 06:02 AM
Point is that is an abuse of power.


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